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Four Tips For An Enjoyable Trip To The Grand Canyon

Four Tips For An Enjoyable Trip To The Grand Canyon

There are few places in the world that have the beauty of the Grand Canyon, which makes it worth the effort to visit if you haven’t done so yet. However, getting to the Grand Canyon and back can be time-consuming, expensive, and exhausting – but it doesn’t have to be. To make your trip to the Grand Canyon more enjoyable, follow these four simple tips that will make all the difference in your experience.

Make Reservations

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You will need a location to stay the night if you plan to visit Grand Canyon for more than one day. There are many places to stay, but every one of them requires bookings months in advance. Camping grounds and RV parks are an option, most of which operate under the “first come, first served” tenet.. You can also stay in Flagstaff, which is about an hour away from the canyon. However, since it’s close to Phoenix and Vegas (a little too close), many people find it a less-than-optimal spot for vacationing.

Don’t Arrive Between 9 am and 5 pm

You should try to arrive either early or fairly late to avoid crowded areas and lengthy line-ups. According to the Grand Canyon National Park Service, you will often have to wait at least two hours before entering if you come between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. If you are planning on coming with a large group of people, it may be best to divide up into smaller groups and stagger your arrival times so that everyone can see the park without too much waiting. Remember that there is no night visitation in Grand Canyon National Park, so plan accordingly.

Leave Your Pets at Home

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Your pet should skip the excursion to the Grand Canyon. Pets are only permitted in a limited number of areas of the Grand Canyon complex, never on inner canyon trails or below the canyon rim. The limitations are put in place to protect pets because the harsh desert climate won’t be very hospitable to them. If you insist on bringing your pet, they will need their own food and water as well as shelter from the elements. Remember that this is not an amusement park so there is no designated area for their enjoyment.

Prepare Yourself for Extremes

In relation to the severe desert environment, the Grand Canyon is also difficult for people. If you go during the summer, be prepared for some big elevation changes and extreme heat. Dress appropriately and stock up on food and drink. It can get very cold at night so make sure you bring appropriate clothes and sleeping gear. The canyon gets hot during the day so make sure you wear a hat and sunglasses. Finally, it can rain in the canyon anytime of year so make sure to pack accordingly if rain is in your forecast.

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