- By Kevin
- On May 23, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
What About the Grand Canyon Weather? You must confused about the question before your outdoor vacation or do a sightseeing around Grand Canyon. The spring and summer months are THE most popular season for visiting Grand Canyon National Park. When considering what weather to expect, you should also keep in mind that with good weather comes large crowds, scarce parking and busy viewpoints and visitors centers.
Average temperatures for the South Rim are: May high 70 / low 39; June high 81 / low 47; July high 84 / low 54; August high 81 / low 53; September high 76 / low 47.
The North Rim is open for the summer, and sees about one-fifth of the annual visitors of the South Rim, so don't miss out on seeing what some argue are even more spectacular views of the Grand Canyon. Average summer temperatures at the North Rim are: May high 62 / low 34; June high 73 / low 40; July high 77 / low 46; August high 75 / low 45; September high 69 / low 39.
If you're headed for the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the West Rim, be prepared to experience hot, dry summer temperatures and wear tons of sunscreen and/or a wide brimmed hat and drink plenty of water. Average summer temps at the West Rim are: May high 96 / low 65; June high 108 / low 73; July high 113 / low 79; August high 110 / low 78; September high 102 / low 70.
In July and August, when the dew point rises, Arizona experiences what are called monsoon rains. Quick, intense thunderstorms contribute to the rapid-shift swings in weather in the summertime, but locals will tell you that the monsoon season is one of their favorite times of year because it brings relief to seasonally high temperatures and makes the landscape incredibly verdant and fragrant. The Grand Canyon's spectacular vistas just 'pop' against a stormy background.
A note about hiking into the Inner Grand Canyon:
You've probably read or heard this before, but you must use extreme precaution and planning if you decide to hike down into the Grand Canyon itself. This is crucial year-round because the temperature rises approximately 5.5 degrees for every 1,000 you drop in elevation, which means that the temperature inside the Inner Gorge can be up to ~27 degrees warmer than on the rim. This is of particular importance in the summer months where the temperature on the floor of the Grand Canyon ranges as follows: May high 91 / low 62; June high 101 / low 71; July high 106 / low 77; August high 103 / low 74; September high 98 / low 68.