Winter is the perfect time for you to plan an epic motorcycle adventure for the coming riding season. And there are few places you can ride to that are as epic and awe-inspiring as the Grand Canyon. It’s been captured in countless pictures, but no two-dimensional image can convey the experience of being there.
The South Rim is the most visited and the busiest part of Grand Canyon National Park. It’s especially crowded from spring break through autumn, so you’ll want to arrive early. It’s best to park the motorcycle, walk the Rim Trail, and use the shuttle buses to visit the other features. During the winter season from December 1 to February 28, you can ride the Hermit Road—which is only accessible by shuttle bus the rest of the year.
The North Rim is on the Utah side of the canyon and is less visited, very remote, and closed for the winter. Here, you can experience of the majesty of the Grand Canyon in a more personal way. If you camp, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible sunrise and sunset across the canyon. At night, you’ll gaze at the starriest sky you will likely ever see.
The area surrounding the Grand Canyon is a remote place and offers few services for visitors. It’s especially true on the North Rim. If you visit, be sure to take some basic precautions:
Keep your gas tank full
Carry water and some snacks
Pack extra layers of gear
Carry spare keys
Part of the fun of visiting the Grand Canyon is getting there. Starting on Interstate 40 at Williams, Arizona, take State Route 64 (SR 64) north 60 miles to Grand Canyon Village. You can enter the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park or head east along SR 64 and view the canyon from several places. Stopping at the Desert View Watchtower is also a must. From there, continue east for 31 miles to the junction of U.S. Route 89 (US 89). Take U.S. 89 north for 59 miles to where it meets U.S. Route 89A (U.S. 89A). Take U.S. 89A for 53 miles to the juncture of State Route 67 (SR 67). Follow SR 67 for 44 miles and you’ll arrive at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
A trip like this does require planning ahead of time. The Grand Canyon is a very popular destination and accommodations get booked far in advance. That makes reservations a must. The National Park Service website is a wonderful resource for planning your visit.
Grand Canyon National Park
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Email: Via web form
Motorcycle Permit: $25.00 – motorcycle and its passenger(s)
Grand Canyon National Park Annual Pass – $60.00
Standing at the rim and gazing into the Grand Canyon is a profound experience. The more time you spend in this very special place, the more epic your motorcycle adventure will be.
Till next time, ride safe!
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