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Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon South Rim is most frequently chosen by first-time visitors to the area not only for its beautiful views, but for its abundance of visitor services and family-oriented activities. The South Rim is open year-round.  At 7,000’ above sea level, the South Rim has four distinct seasons.  Summertime is predictably warm and dry, with afternoon monsoon storms occurring during the months of July and August.  Daytime highs run in the 80’s and 90’s during the day, with nighttime lows in the 40’s and ‘50’s.  Spring and fall are the by far the best times of year weather-wise, with afternoon highs usually a picture perfect 65-75 degrees.  

Nights can by chilly, with lows in the 20’s reported during times usually considered to be summer, so a coat is best carried no matter what time of year you visit.  March and April are prone to late season snowstorms; similarly, September typically gets those last few “gully-washers” of monsoon season.  In wintertime, Grand Canyon National Park almost becomes a different world.  Daytime highs run in the 30’s and 40’s, with subzero nights not unheard of.  Snow is possible year-round at the Grand Canyon, but the heaviest amounts typically fall between December and February. While the Grand Canyon looks spectacular by itself, the sight of the great gorge draped in a mantle of white has been known to move people to tears.