Get pampered in “grand” style. Get a haircut, a facial, maybe even a “mani and a
pedi.” Yes, you can do that sort of thing at the Grand Canyon. The Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn has a salon and spa just down the hall from the family play center. Prior appointment required, make yours by calling (928) 638-2681.
See the IMAX Movie “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets.” White-water rafting,
helicopters yanking and banking through the Little Colorado River Gorge, stunning photography…. it’s only 40 minutes long, but you’ll feel as though you’ve been down in the depths of the canyon when you walk out of the National Geographic IMAX Theatre. The film is shown every hour on the half hour from 10.30 AM to 6.30 PM in shoulder season, 8.30 am to 8.30 pm in peak.
Travel Tip 34 – “Do They Ski or Snowboard Out There?”
Don’t laugh, there are actually quite a few wonderful ski areas in the Southwest. Unfortunately, the last couple of winters haven’t brought the usual amounts of snow. If it does happen to snow when you visit, check out the Arizona Snow Bowl in Flagstaff. At the Grand Canyon, cross- country skiing is possible in the Kaibab National Forest. You can rent skis at the Canyon Marketplace, and break trail virtually wherever you want. Occasionally, tracks will be groomed at the Arizona Trail, 10 minutes from Grand Canyon Village on the East Rim Drive. The beautiful White Mountains are within half a day’s drive of Phoenix, with Pinetop-Lakeside’s Sunrise Park Resort providing ample opportunities for all kinds of wintertime activities. Further to the North, Brian Head, Utah is located about 3 hours from Page/Lake Powell, Arizona.
Travel Tip 35 – “Can We Get Married at Grand Canyon?”
Yes, you can! Like a wedding taking place anywhere else, though, advance planning is key to a successful event at the Grand Canyon. It should be pointed out that the Grand Canyon is best for smaller, less formal gatherings. The park does not have facilities for large audiences (exception: the Shrine of the Ages, which seats 250+). Some services, such as florists and wedding cake designers, are located as far away as Flagstaff. If you would like to get married outdoors at the North or South Rim, a Special Use Permit must be obtained from the National Park Service. These cost anywhere from $150 to $250 depending on where your wedding will be held and are non-refundable. Only certain sites are authorized for outdoor weddings. These are located away from major traffic areas so as not to conflict with other visitors’ enjoyment of the Grand Canyon. You must also have an Arizona marriage license, and arrange for someone to perform the ceremony. For more information on facilities, clergy and guidelines for Grand Canyon Weddings, visit www.nps.gov/grca and look at the section marked “Fees and Reservations.” You can download a permit application from there as well.
Indoor weddings do not require special use permits. Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim does not host weddings or receptions, but Grand Canyon South Rim does have several banquet rooms available for these types of functions. For assistance, contact Xanterra South Rim LLC at 928-638-2631 and ask for the special events coordinator.