The pace slows down in Grand Canyon National Park in December, which makes it an ideal vacation time for families who want to explore this wonder of the world at their own speed. Pack a warm jacket and hiking boots and get ready to enjoy the crisp air and peaceful beauty of the Grand Canyon as the seasons change from fall to winter.
Check out these must-do Grand Canyon activities for your end-of-year vacation.
Getting to Grand Canyon National Park
- Drive about 80 miles northwest from Flagstaff Pulliam Airport in Arizona
- Drive about 230 miles north from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Drive about 270 miles east from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Open year-round, the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is the best way to access the park during a December vacation.
Take in 360-Degree Views
Looking for the panoramic views of the Grand Canyon that you’ve seen in magazines or on TV? Hop in your rental car and drive to the Desert View Watchtower, perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon at the end of Desert View Drive. Built in 1932 and designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who is often called the architect of the Southwest, the watchtower effortlessly blends into the landscape. Climb its stairs for sweeping vistas across the Grand Canyon. On a clear December day, your view can stretch for miles in every direction. See how the Colorado River curves to the north and fix your gaze on the Painted Desert, so named for its bold reds, oranges, lavenders, blues and grays.
Getting to the Desert View Watchtower: Follow the scenic Desert View Drive from the park’s south entrance about 25 miles east along the South Rim.