Greetings from one of the Nation’s top natural wonders! Did you know that tourists visit the Grand Canyon year round? What many people don’t think about is that even though the canyon is located in Arizona, the four seasons are all VERY different. At an elevation of nearly 7000 feet, it’s not just all sunny and warm desert. Winter at the canyon can be extreme with significant snowfall and icy, dangerous roads. Highway 67 on the north rim is actually closed from the first heavy snow in November or early December to mid-May. This winter has certainly followed the pattern, so watch out for icy roads.
Valentine’s Day is approaching and what better way to spend it than at the beautiful, natural Grand Canyon. You can bring your sweetheart for a tour and spend the whole day exploring. Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day, the modern idea of the holiday didn’t actually begin until the 15th century, where it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards. Valentine’s Day is named for Saint Valentine, and the day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
The National Park Service, which is in charge of maintaining and overseeing the park, was created by an Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Total recreational visitors to the national parks in 2011 were 278,939,216! Potential visitors to the park need to obtain a park pass, available at your nearest park site. Most sites have passes available, but it’s always a good idea to call ahead before departing for your trip.
You can always choose to camp at the park if you wish, you’ll need to make a reservation through the park. If you are not interested in camping, you should consider staying at one of the many lovely hotels and resorts in the area. From Holiday Inn to the Canyon Plaza Resort, you can surely find something that suits your needs. For more information or to reserve a hotel for your stay, visit us at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GrandCanyonAreaAZ/lodging/