Best Time to Visit Grand Canyon

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Grand Canyon. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Grand Canyon. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Grand Canyon for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 0 °C to 38 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.120.98 in (0 – 4 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

The Grand Canyon is one of the greatest natural wonders on earth and delights over 5 million visitors from all over the world every year with its gigantic gorge.

The largest area of the canyon is part of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, dividing the state into two parts. With an area of almost 3100 square miles it is not possible to circumnavigate the Grand Canyon as part of a day tour.

One distinguishes between the South Rim and North Rim, while the Grand Canyon Skywalk is located in an Indian reserve in the so-called “Grand Canyon West” outside the National Park.

It does not offer the real experience of a Grand Canyon visit, and photography is prohibited there.

We therefore strongly recommend the South Rim or North Rim. From all important destinations (e.g. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix) the southern edge is much easier to reach than the comparatively little visited northern edge.


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The Grand Canyon is part of many USA tours together with Yosemite National Park, Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon over Las Vegas and California.

Climate at the Grand Canyon (weather)

Horseshoe Bend Grand Canyon (ronnybas)  lizensiertes Stockfoto The northern edge of the Grand Canyon (North Rim) is on average another 300 metres higher than the South Rim at around 2400 metres above sea level and has a completely different ecosystem. To illustrate the measured values, we have used the values of Phoenix as examples on this page (see climate table); they serve as an orientation for the southern edge of the Grand Canyon.

At the popular southern edge, daily temperatures of over 38 °C are the absolute rule from the end of May to around mid-September, the air is dry and hot. Even at night, temperatures in summer rarely fall below 24 °C. There is no rainy season at the Grand Canyon. The North Rim is noticeably cooler during the year, but also reaches peak temperatures above 40 °C in high summer.

Also the winter at the Gran Canyon is differently strongly pronounced: The south with the Grand Canyon Village is open all year round and only experiences light snowfall in exceptional cases. The wilder North Rim, on the other hand, closes completely due to the weather in winter. As a rule, the facilities on the northern edge are open from May to October. Spring and autumn at the Grand Canyon are still warm, but not as oppressively hot as summer.

Best Time to Visit Grand Canyon: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Northern Rim closed most of timeNorthern Rim closed
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 17 °C
Northern Rim closed most of timeNorthern Rim closed
MarchMar
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AprilApr
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MayMay
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JuneJun
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good conditions
Hot but ok
JulyJul
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Very hot but ok
AugustAug
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Very hot but ok
SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Northern Rim closed most of timeNorthern Rim closed

When is the best time to travel at the Grand Canyon?


According to our climate records at the most important attraction in the USA, we advise visitors to avoid the enormous heat of the summer months of June, July and August if possible. September can also be very hot, especially in the first half of the month, so you should think of plenty of fluids and remember that the hiking trails up to the valley must be mastered again.

The best time to visit the Grand Canyon (South Rim and North Rim) is therefore March, April and May in spring and mid-September to mid-November in autumn. The southern edge is open all year round as described, here you should think of appropriate clothing in winter from November to the beginning of March. The nights reach lows of 5 °C on average.

Climate Chart Grand Canyon

Climate Chart Grand Canyon
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Grand Canyon

In the following, you will find the climate table for Grand Canyon, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature13°17°22°28°31°34°38°36°34°29°20°14°
Night Temperature13°17°22°26°24°21°14°
Precipitation (inch)0.670.670.870.240.120.120.830.940.870.670.670.98
Rainy days333100342223
Hours of Sunshine89101213141212111098
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 19.9 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (32 °C)
Coldest month: January (6.6 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 7.64 inch on 26 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 13.6 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 10.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Tours


For your first visit to the Grand Canyon we recommend the southern edge of the National Park due to its excellent infrastructure and pleasant journey. It is open 365 days a year and has several lodges as well as restaurants and shops directly in the park. In addition, there are several hotels directly in front of the park entrance (e.g. in Tusayan). However, we strongly advise you to book several months in advance, as many accommodations are quickly booked out.

The Grand Canyon entrance fee (as of 2016) is only $30.00 US Dollars per vehicle including all passengers. The pass is valid for 7 days for South and North Rim. Highlights of the Grand Canyon are the many hiking trails and vantage points, which can also be easily reached by (free) shuttle bus, especially on the southern edge. Outside the park, several organizers offer helicopter sightseeing flights over the canyon.

The park is part of the program of many USA car and bus tours through the southwest of the USA. A popular route is Las Vegas via Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and Arches National Park to the Canyonlands and via Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park back to the glittering city of Las Vegas. Longer USA tours also include Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and Los Angeles in California.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Grand Canyon (Station Coconino County)
haze     haze, -3.9 °C
Clouds: 1 %       Wind: 2 mph SW
Air Pressure: 1021 hPa       Humidity: 52 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 04:54 am
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USA: Regions

Grand Canyon is part of the holiday destination USA. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Grand Canyon: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 4 reviews for Grand Canyon holiday already. Average rating is 4.3 of 5 stars.
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    Thomas, 52 years old was there in April

    We were hiking from the North Rim for 4 days at the end of April and had nice hiking weather during the day around 22 degrees, at night however uncomfortably cold under 10 degrees, the last day it even began to snow at times.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Thomas, 53 years old was there in September

    Best hiking weather mid to late September on the trails in the canyon. Very warm during the day, pleasantly cool in the early morning hours. We didn’t need a sleeping bag.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Marc, 38 years old was there in September

    Very warm but overall perfect travel weather. Dreamlike sunrise and sunset impressions, a few cumulus clouds paired with bright sunshine. Spectacular photo motives! Would travel again anytime in September.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Jana, 42 years old was there in March

    We had great weather conditions. The sun was shining all day on our 3 days of travel. It was nice and warm, but not too hot. The nights were pleasantly cool. It was ideal weather for our hike to Phantom Ranch, as well as for the way back the next day.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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