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  1. Default Austin, Tx to Grand Canyon in December

    We are thinking of a road trip from Austin, TX to the Grand Canyon during our kid's winter break. So would be week before or after Christmas. My concern is the road conditions. We've lived in Austin for 20+ years so not used to driving on snow or ice. Anyone know what the weather is typically like in the Albuquerque to Grand Canyon area in December? I realize there's no way to know with certainty. Also, any idea about cell phone service in the remote areas of TX, NM & AZ?

    Thanks for any advice!

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Winter on the Colorado Plateau

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    What many people don't realize about northern New Mexico and Arizona is how high they are. And remember that elevation is the same as traveling north. The Colorado Plateau, where Flagstaff is located and into which the Grand Canyon is carved, sits at anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 feet. The north rim of the Grand Canyon is at the upper end of that and is closed from November through May (roughly) due to snow. The south rim sits a bit lower, just under 7,000 feet, and the Rim Drive Road is maintained all year, but snow is certainly likely in December.

    Cell phone service is typically available along the Interstates and in cities such as Albuquerque and Flagstaff, but otherwise is pretty sparse. Don't believe the self-serving maps your service provider will give you. Plan on being out of contact. That doesn't mean you'll be isolated. The roads to the Canyon are well traveled even in the dead of winter.


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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    If I remember correctly, I did have cell service on AZ-64 from Williams to the GC, in the park itself, and AZ-64/US-89 back to Flagstaff. I have AT&T.

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