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Grand Canyon weather is defined by the South Rim, North Rim and the Inner Gorge. Then there are seasons, the most unique being the Monsoon. Combined, the canyon is a cauldron of wonderful unpredictability.

Two Rims And A Gorge Define Grand Canyon Weather

grand canyon weather border=One of the most popular places to visit for a vacation is the Grand Canyon. Whether you are alone or spending some quality time with the family, this area of the country has plenty of fun and enjoyable outdoor activities to take part in. There is rafting, biking, hiking, camping and several other outdoor activities. If you plan to do any of these things, then you need to know about Grand Canyon weather.

No one wants their vacation ruined due to poor weather conditions. So when visiting Grand Canyon National Park, it's important to know if you'll be visiting the South Rim, North Rim or Inner Canyon.

Spring comes to the South Rim (elevation: 6,800 feet) early and March can get cold and windy. Snow is possible during the first couple of weeks in May. Hot, dry heat sets in around June, and peaks in July at around 84 degrees. Many in-park lodgings and cabins do not have air conditioning as nights are in the low 60's and upper 50's - perfect blanket weather.

July through September is when the Monsoon kicks in. This "season" is defined by rain, thunder, lightning and torrential rains. Seek shelter if you are caught in a lightning storm. Heavy rains can generate flashfloods and the Park service recommends finding higher ground. These relatively brief storms make the canyon's beauty extra dramatic.

Fall conditions are unpredictable. In general, however, this is one of the best times to visit or plan a hike. The crowds, which descend on the Park from June through September, dissipate, making a canyon visit during this time more intimate and private. November marks the start of winter. Snow, when it does fall, doesn't last long. Beware of ice, especially at the lookouts and do consider getting a pair of pull-on crampons.

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The North Rim (elevation: 8,000 feet) is 1500 feet higher than the South Rim. This difference results in significantly more snowfall. It's not uncommon for more than 100 inches of the white stuff to fall annually, resulting in the closure of the rim to vehicle traffic from October to mid-May. Summer days and nights are comfortable and cool. Expect occasional thunderstorms in July and August.

Unlike the South and North Rim, which are forest, the Inner Gorge is desert. Elevation is 2,000 feet. Put another way, the bottom is one mile from the top. The difference breeds wild temperature swings. For example, while it's 81 degrees on the South Rim, it's 106 degrees at the base of the gorge. Daytime temps regularly exceed 100 degrees from May through September. If you plan to hike during this time, do it in the early morning or late afternoon. The Monsoon strikes in the afternoon - again, if it's particularly heavy, seek higher ground ASAP.

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