While having company can be a lot more fun, travelling solo comes with its own set of unique experiences. While travelling solo, you can gain new perspectives and get a deeper understanding of the area you are visiting. One of the best places to explore nature’s beauty and vastness is the Grand Canyon. If you are planning a solo trip, here are some important things to remember.
It is safe, but take precautions
The Grand Canyon is considered safe for female solo travelers. The park is adequately staffed, consisting of rangers and other personnel. There is a 24-hour emergency response system, along with dedicated camping areas and emergency phones. However, it is necessary to be watchful of your surroundings. In case you are not feeling comfortable about anything or anyone, it will be better to discuss the matter with rangers or other park authorities.
Will cell phones work in the Grand Canyon?
Cell phone coverage for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are usually stable across the south rim areas of Grand Canyon. However, cell phone coverage is not so good in the north rim area of the Grand Canyon. If you want to feel safer, it would be better to bring a satellite phone while visiting the Grand Canyon. It is apparent that one always has to pay a price for travelling solo.
Stay on designated trails
When you are travelling in a group, you can explore any area that you want. But when traveling solo, the options to explore are limited. Unless of course, you want to take unnecessary risks. When travelling solo, it is recommended that you stay on designated paths and trails. If you take unknown paths, you can face the risk of being lost.
Elk and lightning strikes
When in nature, you have to face the inherent risks as well. In the Grand Canyon, there are primarily two things to be careful about. One is elk, which can chase you or kick you in case they feel threatened. It is advised that you maintain your distance, around 100 feet from the elk. In case there is a sudden encounter, you need to back away slowly. Getting injured while travelling solo can be a challenging situation.
Second worry is lightning strikes, which occur from July to September. It will be better to check the weather forecast and discuss with park authorities before you embark on your solo trip to the Grand Canyon.
Is the Grand Canyon safe for women during the night?
As long as you stick to designated trails and paths, you should not face any issues while exploring the Grand Canyon during night. However, it is generally recommended to avoid hiking alone at night.
Map, water and flashlight
Last but not least, make sure you carry the essentials such as water, map and flashlight. These will be useful in normal circumstances as well as during emergency situations. Also, make sure that you inform someone about your schedule including the day of your return.