A Great Grand Canyon Hiking Trip Starts with Planning

When you and your friends decide to have a Hiking trip, the experience must be fitting to the name. The following are important things you need to know about and hiking:

How to go there?

Most travelers who want to go to the either land on the in Phoenix (PHX) or the in Las Vegas (LAS). From there, travelers have 2 choices: either to take a half-day drive or utilize a from Phoenix to Page, Arizona (PGA) or Flagstaff, Arizona (FLG). Obviously, if you decide to take the , you can spend more time on your actual hiking than on the road but if you want to spend more time on the road, here are the estimated to the South Rim from these major cities:
Albuquerque, New Mexico: 7 hours, Denver, Colorado: 13 hours, Las Vegas, Nevada: 5 hours, Los Angeles, : 8 hours, Phoenix, Arizona: 4.5 hours, and , Utah: 8 hours.

Where to go?

You have 3 choices if you decide to visit the : the South Rim, West, and North Rim.

The South rim is ideal if you are . The West is great if you want to avoid or want to experience the bottom of the Canyon. But, since you are going for a hike, you should go to the North Rim.

When to visit?

Climate is the major consideration you have to look into when you are planning for a hike. The South Rim, which is open the whole year, is busiest during summer where the weather is warm and the land is dry. Winter sends cooler breeze and possible snow, which turns out to be the quietest time of the year. Late spring to early fall is the best time to visit the South Rim if you want a lesser crowd and a .

A hike on the North Rim can be done from mid-May to mid-October.

Where to stay?

There are different hotels on 3 different areas near the Canyon if you just want to spend the day hiking and the night, indoor. The South Rim has: Williams, Page/Lake Powell, Flagstaff, and Tusayan. The nearest lodging houses in the North Rim are Page/Lake Powell, Kanab, Utah, and Jacob Lake.

Book early

lodging receives a lot of reservations during peak travel season so do not wait until the phone lines are busy and your call cannot go through. Book 6 months in advance,

Know the weather.

has a relatively dry weather compared to other states. So better make the necessary preparation on what to bring and what to wear on the hike. Dont forget your sunglasses, sunscreen, and your hat.

Think of other activities

Hiking is only of the things you can do in . And if you are planning to stay there for several days, better have a line up of the things to do such as 4×4 safari-jeep tours, train tours, Colorado River rafting trips, air tours, and mule rides. If you still have the time, plan to go to places other than the . You can also visit Sedona, Hoover Dam, Monument Valley, Zion, Lake Powell, and Bryce Canyon among other places.

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