Grand Canyon and the Lincoln NF may very well may have snow by December; it varies from year to year.   The amount and likelihood of snow will depend upon the altitude; above 7000 feet, snow is common by December.Again, it varies from year to year, so pay attention to the weather report.

I would recommend the Gila Wilderness (Gila NF), the Chiricahua Mountains in S Arizona (at least the lower reaches).  

 

The West is a wonderland, full of interesting and intriguing locations, whatever your tastes may be.  You can spend your life here and never see it all (spaking from experience!!)

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