The Best of Winter in Arizona
November to April, snowbirds settle in and everyone soaks up Arizona's sun. But if you want snow, just go up! After golfing or swimming down in the desert, in less than an hour you can be up in Arizona's mountains skiing among evergreen forests. Traveling to Arizona can mean fleeing from the snow or escaping to seek solace in a quiet white landscape. Take your pick; it's here waiting for you.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon

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The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is possibly the most iconic hiking destination in the world. There are a variety of opportunities for day hikes, or with advance planning, overnight hikes into the canyon. The three most popular trails are the South Kaibab Trail, the Hermits Rest Route, and the infamous Bright Angel Trail.

If taking the Hermit Trail from Hermits Rest, do heed this Park Service description: "Unmaintained steep trail requires caution. Rocky and strenuous." This is a great hike with incredible views of the canyon from the South Rim. Elk and mule deer are common sights on the rim. There is also a bus route that goes along Hermit Road. Between March 1 and November 30 of each year, this route provides transportation between Grand Canyon Village and Hermits Rest with stops at nine scenic overlooks. The Hermits Rest Route provides easier walking opportunities via the Rim and Greenway trails. Check schedules for pick-up spots.

The Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail head down into the canyon. Be aware that temperatures can vary by as much at 50 degrees or more between the rim and the bottom. Hiking back up is much more strenuous than hiking down, so be prepared to take twice as long climbing as it takes to get down. Also bring plenty of water, as there is nowhere to get water along the trail.

A variety of lodges on the South Rim vary in cost and amenities. Plan ahead, as rooms book up in advance. There are also a number of options for meals, shopping, and gear. The Park Service offers ranger-led hikes, talks, and exhibits for those interested in the educational aspects of the canyon.

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