@DwightET Totally understandable! As you will be visiting the Grand Canyon in the off season, be sure to call the park and talk to one of the rangers about the conditions that time of year, hiking/viewing availability, and camping (if you plan to camp, otherwise this question is not important). Also, if I remember right their shuttles that take you along the South Rim (which is where you're going to want to go, especially if trying to avoid as much snow as possible) do not run in the off-season, so be sure to take this into account.

If you end up going to the Grand Canyon, take the short drive down to Sedona, AZ - there are some beautiful views and rock formations in this area. Sedona is also known to have snow at times in the winter, however, so be sure to do your research about this prior to going.

If you want a good place to see the stars, Saguaro National Park (Personally I'd recommend the East park over the West park - the park is divided into two locations) and Mt. Lemmon are two great options for places to camp snow-free and see the stars in winter.


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