What is the best time of year to visit the Grand Canyon?

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Becky Bosshart

The best time of year to visit the Grand Canyon depends on the type of experience you are looking for. Forbes Travel Guide editors find that the most popular time of year to visit is the summer, when children are on vacation from school and families can travel freely. You’ll find the largest crowds at Grand Canyon Village, and you’ll have more difficulty booking lodging and dinner reservations within the park. Call far in advance to nab a spot at El Tovar or a canyon-view cabin at Grand Canyon Lodge. Summer is also the most strenuous time for hiking.
A late fall or winter trip may be best for those who enjoy the wide open space and tranquility of nature. Around Christmas and New Year’s, you’ll find lots of availability and minimal crowds. Keep in mind clouds can roll in during the winter and obscure those breathtaking canyon views.

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