While the Grand Canyon exhibits a wide array of beautiful features such as colorful landscapes, expansive size, and geological features that are absolutely awe-inspiring, it includes a multitude of obstacles such as a harsh climate, steep and rocky trails, and a desert landscape.

grand canyon desert heat

While traveling through the Grand Canyon, you may find yourself experiencing heat-related illnesses, injuries, water shortages, and other types of outdoor dangers. Deep within the Grand Canyon, there are no roads, no running water, no stores, and no basic infrastructures.

You must know how to survive in the desert.

In this multi-part series, you will learn a multitude of desert survival tips that will benefit you if you find yourself experiencing difficulties while traveling through the Grand Canyon.

temperature in the desertTemperatures at the Grand Canyon

In most desert climates, the day time temperatures have the ability to soar well over 100°F!

In the evening and nighttime hours, the temperatures have the ability to plummet to the 40s, or even colder!

Based on this information, one fact is true; that is, if the heat does not detrimentally impact your health during the daytime hours, the rapid influx of cold weather in the evening and night hours may detrimentally impact your health.

Before traveling to the Grand Canyon, you should determine what weather conditions you will be faced with in the area where you will be traveling.

The following outlines some general information pertaining to the weather in and around the Grand Canyon:

  • The climate between the rims of the Grand Canyon and the inner area of the canyon varies significantly – depending on the change of the elevation.
  • The South Rim is over 1300 meters higher than the Colorado River. As a result, the inner canyon is approximately 15°F degrees to 30°F warmer.
  • The North Rim is over 300 meters higher than the South Rim. As a result, the temperature is even warmer in the inner canyon than in the North Rim.
  • In the summer, the temperatures in the inner canyon are considered to be extreme.
  • Summer temperatures in the South Rim range from 50°F to up to 80°F.
  • Because the North Rim is situated at such a high elevation, the area is always the coolest in and around the Grand Canyon.
  • Weather conditions may become severe at any time. You must determine which severe weather conditions you may potentially face during the time of the year that you plan on visiting, before visiting.

desert survival tips in the grand canyonClothing in the Desert

Now it is time to learn how to protect yourself through clothing. The desert climate means that the weather could experience extreme changes. Like all deserts, there are warm days and cold nights. Additionally, a rainstorm could pop up. You should ensure that you bring a lightweight jacket that is waterproof.

You should also bring an umbrella and a change of clothing. That way, should you get wet, you may change your clothes as soon as the conditions dry. In the winter, it is important to dress in layers. You should also wear a hat, use sunscreen, and bring a set of gloves. Furthermore, it is important to wear the proper footwear.

If you would like to avoid being in a survival situation in the Grand Canyon, you may always take one of the many guided tours.

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