Visiting The Grand Canyon at Christmas

My First Grand Canyon Tour

The Grand Canyon USA
The Grand Canyon USA

Grand Canyon in the Snow

My diary and photos of a holiday at Christmas in Las Vegas and my Grand Canyon Tour. The Grand Canyon is a place everyone in the world should visit.

There are so many different ways to enjoy the scenery and atmosphere with lots of different Grand Canyon Tours.

I went in December when the snow had fallen for the first time in thirty years. There are lots of photos and my diary of a wonderful trip below.

I have heard many people say this but until you are standing there looking at this magnificent spectacle you will not appreciate how awesome nature and time and creation is.

My Visit to The Grand Canyon

There are also tours by car, helicopter and a Pony Trek. Take your pick. All the tours allow you to enjoy this spectacular natural phenomenon sight from different angles.

I can guarantee once visited then the Grand Canyon will also become a favorite holiday destination for you too. You will want to visit again and again because there is so much to see and enjoy.

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Returning to a Dublin Hotel to await flight the next morning
Returning to a Dublin Hotel to await flight the next morning

My Journey to The Grand Canyon from Ireland

Myself, my brother, sister and nephew went to visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon in December 2008. That was the year of the big snowfall. We nearly didn’t get to Las Vegas at all.

We arrived at Dublin Airport at 7am. The plane had a fault and had not arrived. After finally getting to the end of the queue at Dublin airport at 2.30pm we were assigned seats on a plane the next day.

We were put up in a hotel for the night. We got on an overcrowded plane the next day at 10.am and arrived in Chicago seven hours later. We were supposed to board a plane to Las Vegas within the hour.

The Grand Canyon Tour
The Grand Canyon Tour

The Plane’s Engine had Caught Fire

After a delay of over two hours we were told the plane’s engine had caught on fire and they were getting us another one soon. After another two hours we boarded a tiny plane overcrowded again.

The heat was unbearable and we spent over five hours of hell in that. Eventually we arrived at Las Vegas and the Mirage Hotel at 11 pm USA time.

We were two days late and exhausted. We tried to sleep but were too tired.

Arriving at Grand Canyon Airport

Grand Canyon Tours by Plane
Grand Canyon Tours by Plane

Five in the Morning in - 6 degrees Temperature

We Booked the Plane for the Grand Canyon Tour for the following day.

We waited outside the hotel at five in the morning in -6 degrees temperature. We arrived at the small airport and there was a delay.

After an hour we were told the ice on the runway was stopping the plane taking off and all flights were cancelled to our Grand Canyon tour.

Grand Canyon Visit

We rebooked to fly to the Grand Canyon for the next day

We arrived back at the Mirage Hotel at 10.30 that morning.

The next day we set off again at five in the morning.

This time we were able to take off and get to the Grand Canyon.

The Plane was a very nice small aircraft which had very few seats so it was airy and comfortable

It took over 45 minutes to get there but the journey was a pleasant one because we all had a window seat which was designed to appreciate the view below.

On the way we could see the Hoover Dam from the plane. Once at Grand Canyon airport we boarded a tour bus and were on our way.

It was freezing and covered in snow. But I tell you all the travel problems were forgotten when we arrived.

The Snow was Gleaming

The Grand Canyon in Winter
The Grand Canyon in Winter

Our Grand Canyon Tour

We had one stop in the Grand Canyon for about half an hour and then the main viewing point stop for an hour. Everything I saw was just so beautiful. The snow on the rocks made it even nicer.

When people say you can’t describe it you’ve got to see it for yourself this is so true for the Grand Canyon. Photos, videos and television programmes just do not do it justice. There is also a three or five day horse trek to enable you to enjoy the sights from a very different perspective.

Once you get to the bottom of the Canyon then you spend a few days at the Ranch. But I would imagine this tour is for those who are younger and full of energy. Oh I’d say that would be some awesome experience too.

Another Great Way to See it are The Helicopter Tours

You can fly right into the heart of the Canyon.

There are lots of hotels and shops there too but we did not get time to enter them. We could have spent hours taking in the sights and positive energy here.

Next Time I visit I will definitely be taking the Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

The Views are awesome
The Views are awesome

Grand Canyon Tours

Add the Grand Canyon Tour onto your holiday and vacation list this year

Even if like me you live far away in another country then a visit to the Grand Canyon is worth adding to your travel plans.

There are lots of ways to get there.

By coach tours, by plane, by helicopter and car where you can spend some time taking in the splendour and amazing energy that surrounds you.

Another way of taking the tour is by a 5 day pony trek and spending a few days at the Ranch.

But I would recommend if you have the time and the money then you should book one of the hotels that are situated in the Canyon itself.

I could very easily have spent a few days there just wandering around and recharging my batteries for life outside.

All Images are copyright of L.M.Reid

Icicles on the Shed of the Ponies in the Grand Canyon

The Pony Trek Yard
The Pony Trek Yard
The Grand Canyon USA
The Grand Canyon USA

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Jaypyramid 6 years ago

The Grand Canyon is an absolute must for everyone. It is awesome! They do all sorts there for the adventurous, horse riding, pony riding, even staying at the ranch working for six weeks. White water rafting etc. I would recommend anyone going with money to stay inside the Grand Canyon for at least a few days! Although Smokers beware. No smoking in any of their hotels, or lodges. But its worth it!


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks Jaypyramid for reading. Yes I forgot about the no smoking rule in the hotels but most have balconies and you can smoke there.

I would love to spend a full week at the Grand Canyon and forget about the outside world and all its problems.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

I live here in the United States and I never been to the Grand Canyon. My children have and insist that my wife and I must go. Your photos are AWESOME. Thanks for this hub and for the help you gave me a while back.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Yes CYBERSUPE I agree you should try to get there at some stage. The photos are great but they truly do not do the Grand Canyon justice lol.


utari 6 years ago

i would like to go there, hopefully. Gran Canyon it's a great place, wonderful!!


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

This brings back memories!! As a third grader I got lost in Grand Canyon National forest and was rescued by a couple in a car when I clawed my way to the highway. What a gorgeous, peaceful place. I miss it. Very nice Hub.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Yes utari it is a lovely place to visit if you can.

wow GarnetBird that must have been very scary for you at that young age. It is an amazing place though, unfortuanatley we really didn't have much time there, a few hours is not enough.


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lucieanne 6 years ago from Boston United Kingdom

Wow!! Amazing photos and videos! this is the one place in the world that I want to see first-hand before I leave the planet. Would you have the guts to hang over the edge like that guy did? I certainly wouldn't! what an adventure.

Loved your hub. x


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MartyWare 6 years ago from New South Wales Australia

I have yet been able to make it to the States, but this place will definitely be on my list!

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks for reading and your comment lucieanne. Yes taking a vacation to the Grand Canyon is really a must. Well worth the effort!


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland Author

Yes I know it is a long way to go on holiday to the US MartyWare but if you are ever in America put the Grand Canyon on a list of places you Must see! Thanks for reading.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

What a great hub, that looks like the adventure of a lifetime, great use of your pics and video. I have never been to the Grand Canyon, but I sure would love to one day. Thanks for sharing your experience. Voted Up And Awesome!


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland Author

My visit to the Grand Canyon was well worth all the travel chaos carco so if you can get there you will love it too.

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