Draw a perfect circle in the heart of the American Southwest and you map the Grand Circle, an all-encompassing, all-embracing diverse travel region overflowing with spectacular sites. The makeup of the Grand Circle is a rare collection of awe-inspiring canyons, cliffs, mesas, buttes and spires created by millions of years of volcanic eruptions and erosion. Encompassing sections of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah, the Grand Circle is a 1,400-mile imaginary circle comprised of the Southwest’s most unique landscapes, attractions and Scenic Byways.
The Grand Circle is a sunny four-season travel destination. Although most of the area enjoys an arid climate, the high desert and mountains experience distinctly different weather.
In the mountains, winter brings excellent snow conditions for downhill and cross-country skiing January through March. Spring and Fall in the mountains have warm to cool days and colder evenings.
In the high desert, winters are generally milder although some locations experience light snow. Snow melts quickly so it is seldom a hindrance to winter travel. High desert summer days are warm to hot; summer evenings are usually comfortably cool.
GRAND CIRCLE GATEWAY CITIES
Reaching the Grand Circle is easy through any of the several gateway cities including: Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. Each has its own character and is home to a wide variety of attractions. Entering the Grand Circle by automobile opens the door to explore even more spectacular scenic roads, uniting the gateway cities with the wonders of the National Parks and many year-round attractions and activities.