We thank you for continuing our series, The Grand Canyon Spring and Summer Trip Planning Guide.

You have learned in our previous installments that the spring and summer months offer the largest variety of exploration venues in the national park.

As you embark on your journey into the majestic world of the Grand Canyon, you will discover eye-catching geological formations, a wide variety of beautiful colors and hues, and absolutely stunning views of the natural world.

By learning as much as possible before your trip and planning ahead of time, you will have the unique advantage of witnessing the unparalleled beauty and appeal of the region and will get to take advantage of the many intriguing and exciting adventures that wait!

Spring Weather Conditions

If you are planning a visit to the Grand Canyon during the spring months of March, April, and May, it is important to become familiar with the weather conditions  during this time of year. When visiting the national park, come prepared for a variety of conditions as many changes take place from the start of spring to the start of summer.

In March and April, you may find that snow still exists along the rims.

May is typically a dry month; however, snow may continue to be present. It is during the spring months that camping is an extremely popular activity. In fact, you may find it rather difficult to obtain a permit for overnight camping. If you want to get this type of permit, it is important to obtain it as early in the year as possible. The average temperatures in the rims range from 29°F up to 65°F. In the inner canyon area, the temperatures are known to range from 56°F up to 84°F during the spring.

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Summer Weather Conditions

During the summer months of June, July, and August, you will experience absolutely beautiful weather in the area of the rims; however, the inner canyon area has the capability to reach immensely high temperatures. The Grand Canyon has a high level of elevation and a low amount of humidity. Due to this fact, the area gets cold at night. It is advised that you bring a jacket.

The rims have temperatures from as low as 40°F to as high as 84°F; however, the inner canyon region has temperatures that range from 92°F to a whopping 106°F. You must come prepared for extreme temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night.

Additionally, monsoon storms are common during the summer. This means that lightning may occur. If you hear thunder, you must be prepared to move from the rim of the canyon and seek shelter inside of a vehicle or a building – never stand underneath trees.

Make the Most Out of Your Trip

The Grand Canyon is a beautiful destination during the spring and summer months. While, on the most part, beautiful weather abounds during these times of the year, it is important that you come prepared for weather-related emergencies. These include extreme heat, unbearable cold, lightning, flooding, and even falling rocks.

If you have any questions about the weather conditions, you may consult with a park ranger or with a professional at one of the visitor stations. On beautiful days, you will want to get the most out of your visit!

If you are looking to embark on an adventure that will ignite your imagination and create memories with your loved ones, the Grand Canyon is the perfect place!

Read the Entire Series

Part 1   The Basics
Part 2   Access to the Park
Part 3   Spring and Summer Weather
Part 4   Helicopter Tours
Part 5   Activities
Part 6   VIP Tours
Part 7   Boats and Rafting
Part 8   More Tours
Part 9   Backcountry Camping and Hiking
Part 10   Grand Canyon Hiking
Part 11   Skywalk and Surrounding Activities
Part 12   Overview

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