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    Default The Grand Canyon in Winter

    Although the Grand Canyon is a desert, it's a kind of oasis in winter -- a place of peace, free of summer's crowds and traffic jams. Below, hikers coming up out of the canyon on the South Kaibab trail, headed for the South Rim.










    The Grand Canyon in Winter - The New York Times > Travel > Slide Show > Slide 14 of 14

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    Thanks, Honey. The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places ever.
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    Great pics. I'm almost ashamed that I've never visited.....

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    I've been there twice. Man, it's so amazing! I'd love to go back soon.

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    I've flown over it...............
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    I've only been there in the spring and summer, and there are a couple of things about going when it actually is crowded. One, it's a completely international crowd, Two, it's more likely that you can see an interesting art exhibit or performance. I went this summer and got to see some really nice exhibition dances by some young Hopis.

    I've only been to the South Rim, never been to the North Rim, but my understanding is that the north side is usually pretty quiet, even in good weather, and snow-covered in the winter.
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    I've always wanted to do the mule ride (ever since I saw it on the "Brady Bunch"), but I can't find anyone who will do it with me. The one person I got to agree didn't meet the weight requirement (less than 200 lbs.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinola View Post
    I've only been there in the spring and summer, and there are a couple of things about going when it actually is crowded. One, it's a completely international crowd, Two, it's more likely that you can see an interesting art exhibit or performance. I went this summer and got to see some really nice exhibition dances by some young Hopis.

    I've only been to the South Rim, never been to the North Rim, but my understanding is that the north side is usually pretty quiet, even in good weather, and snow-covered in the winter.
    The North Rim is closed in the winter but if you go in the summer and fall it's a fantastic trip. Totally different than the South Rim.

    I have a batshit crazy friend who runs rim to rim every other October. It's brutal.

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    Thanks, Kristi--I only remembered reading about the North Rim being really intense in the winter in the past for some of the Canyon workers who had cabins there. I can't imagine running rim to rim--the rapid change in elevation would be impossible for most people to take!
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    I will visit this beautiful place one day-I will! The pictures alone are breathtaking, so one can only imagine how beautiful it is in person.
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    I've never even considered going there but after seeing these pictures I'm already looking up flights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    I've never even considered going there but after seeing these pictures I'm already looking up flights.
    Also worth visiting are Flagstaff and Sedona. And we always drive to Santa Fe after seeing the Grand Canyon. (New Mexico is my favorite place on the planet, so far.)
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    So beautiful. My family went once during summer vacay when I was still in junior high. We didn't spend very long there and I'd love to go back one day. Looking at these pics, I'd like to see it in the winter especially.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    I've always wanted to do the mule ride (ever since I saw it on the "Brady Bunch"), but I can't find anyone who will do it with me. The one person I got to agree didn't meet the weight requirement (less than 200 lbs.).
    That requirement is probably getting harder and harder to find these days. I'd probably be scared shitless, but I'd do it!

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    The mules are supposed to be very sure-footed. We'd like to do it, but my child is too young.
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    Maybe we should plan a group trip!

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