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Old 06-24-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon Camping in December?

We are hoping that someone else has been crazy enough to do this and will share their experiences.

My wife and I are no strangers to cold weather (both grew up in snowy mountains) but we have never taken our trailer to a cold climate, did Death Valley last year and it did freeze out water line and break our filter, but it was an odd drop in temp from norm. We were thinking of camping on the south rim in trailer village (has full hookups) for the week of Christmas and New Years.

I have a 4x2 truck with chains and a 26' travel trailer and no winter package for said trailer. It will be freezing every night and some days; what will I need to protect the water lines, underneath, and tanks for a 7 day stay.

How bad does the snow get on the south rim in December (Average). I can run the rig in a couple inches and lets face it if its been plowed then there is no snow but 6-12" un-plowed I don't think I will be going anywhere.

Any Information is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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Looking for info on a trip to GC over Thanksgiving weekend, with pretty much all the same concerns as the OP, I came across this.

jar3316, did you go on your trip? If yes, now as a veteran, how would you answer your own questions?

If anyone else has gone during Thanksgiving and/or cold/snowy months that can provide info, it'll all be appreciated.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:37 PM   #3
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Grand Canyon Camping in December?

We did Williams, AZ last year for thanksgiving and got down to 22 at night. We were at the Grand Canyon railway rv park next door to the train station that takes you into GC. We only went to GC for the day- do more next time. The locals say not to drive the highway at night if the temp dips down because of black ice.

Oh yea- we did it in a popup too.

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Old 10-11-2014, 12:53 AM   #4
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Ouch, that's cold. I see from your picture your popup days are over now. :-)

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:52 AM   #5
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It actually wasn't that bad. Was using all 30 amps at night running furnace, space heater, heat strip, heated mattress pads and blankets. We were toasty. The worst part was that the cooler froze solid and I couldn't get a beer!


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LOL; I'll be sure to pack an extra blanket for the cooler.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:13 PM   #7
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Nope we didnt get to go but we have done death valley at Christmas
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:22 PM   #8
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Cool, thanks. How was Death Valley? I have never been there, but have always pictured it as an extremely hot place. How was it during Christmas?
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:08 PM   #9
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Cold.


it is about 60's in the day and 30's to 40's at night if you want to be more centrally located and still have hook ups stay at the stove pipe wells hotel they have 14 or so full hook up sites and there are about 50 or so dry camp sites. They are quite a bit cheaper than furnace creek.

It is really worth a trip you can see and encounter snow in the mountains all around death valley. it is a long drive in any direction I think we put about 150 to 250 miles a day on the truck seeing everything basically picked a compass direction and left at dawn hiked and drove till night then did it all the next day in a different direction.

It IS worth the trip.
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Old 10-31-2014, 03:10 PM   #10
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Great. Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate it.
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We camped at the south rim trailer village in early January a couple of years ago. It was very cold and snowed the last 2 days we were there. Water froze in the campground supply but we had an almost full fresh water tank so no issues. One area of concern was that the roads inside the campground were not plowed while we're we there. If it wasn't for having 4 wheel drive I don't think I could have pulled the trailer out of the campsite. Once out of the campground roads were plowed and clear. However, the Grand Canyon in snow is really beautiful and we almost had the place to ourselves. I would highly recommend braving the elements to experience it.
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Old 11-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #12
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First time we went to GC it was over a Memorial Day weekend several years ago and we got a light dusting of snow! It was really pretty so I would imagine it would be a lot prettier when it really snows.

Not knowing much about anything, I don't know if a heavy Class A works better or worse than your 4 wheel drive in snow, so I don't know if I want to take the chance of getting stuck for days till they decide to plow the campground. :-)
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