|Above, a view of the Grand Canyon with the Desert View Watchtower in the distance. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last November, I pulled into Grand Canyon National Park mid-morning from the east after having breakfast in Cameron. I made several stops at lookouts along the way, including Desert View.
There were hardly any people around at that time. At Desert View, there were about 20 of us there.
Later, I drove into Grand Canyon Village area and that's when the crowds began to show up. There was still ample parking, but the crowds were beginning to gather around such places as Mather Point and the visitor center. I decided that it was time for me to hit the road.
Condé Nast Traveler has an article that provides great tips on avoiding the crowds at the Grand Canyon.
They begin with:
The UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most-trafficked national parks—but there is a method to avoiding the masses.
The Grand Canyon is nearly 300 miles in circumference, but most visitors gather in a few spots. Go off the beaten path, though, and you’ll beat the crowds without sacrificing the experience. Here, the best time to visit the Grand Canyon—and how to avoid the crowds when you do.
To read more, go here.