The summer has come to an end and on October 16th, preparations for winter will officially start. This is the day the North Rim of the Grand Canyon will winterize itself. The Visitor Center, gift shop, campground and entrance stations do not close during this time. Yet, the Grand Canyon Lodge, food services, Canyon Trail Rides and park ranger programming does close for the season.
This does not mean that visitors are not welcome to enjoy the Grand Canyon. It only means that people coming during this time are urged to take extra precautions. Hikers are urged to prepare their own food and water ahead of time. Visitors need to be aware that there will not be as many services, or people roaming the park. Thus, bringing extra supplies, for emergencies and unexpected delays is advised.
Additionally, officials warn visitors that during the winter, sudden adverse weather conditions can occur. Whether people are driving on Highway 67 or working their way through the park, the risk of delays is possible. Therefore, when traveling, visitors are advised to give themselves plenty of extra time and always remain alert.
The full services of the Grand Canyon National Park will resume on May 15, 2019. That is when the season officially starts up again. However, visiting the Grand Canyon is always a magnificent experience. Instead of being discouraged to come at any time of the year, it is simply recommended to know the situation. Preparation, planning, and acknowledging the severity of the situation is important for a successful trip.