The weather in and around the Grand Canyon varies largely depending on location. The base of the canyon tends to be hot during May to September, while the upper rim of the canyon has warm and mild temperatures. From December to March, expect the canyon floor to be cold and snowy, while the upper rim remains mild to cold.
WINTER – December, January, February:
Winter temperatures at the Grand Canyon will vary based on your location. Typically, the base of the canyon is cold and snowy during the winter months, while the rim remains mild to cold in most locations around the canyon. Winter is a good time to visit the Grand Canyon, as there are fewer tourists and you’re likely to experience beautiful clear skies. Temperatures average between 38°F to 65°F (3°C to 18°C)
SPRING – March, April, May:
Springtime weather at the Grand Canyon will be more extreme at the basin, and will typically start to heat up around this time. The rim maintains mild temperatures throughout the entire season, ranging from the 40s to 90s°F. However, don’t be surprised if you experience a snowfall as late as may! Temperatures average between 48°F to 93°F (9°C to 34°C)
SUMMER – June, July, August:
Depending on where you’re located along the canyon, summer weather in the Grand Canyon will vary from warm to hot temperatures. Prepare for extremely hot weather at the base of the canyon, and more mild temperatures along the rim. You can also expect frequent thunderstorms and the occasional flash flood during this time as well. Temperatures average between 75°F to 107°F (23°C to 41°C)
FALL – September, October, November :
Fall is pleasant at most locations along the Grand Canyon, as summer temperatures have begun to cool off but still remain mild. You can expect sudden changes in weather, from rain to snow storms, as the season transitions from fall into winter. Be prepared with plenty of layers so you can easily adapt to changing temperatures. Temperatures average between 46°F to 96°F (8°C to 36°C)
How to Dress for Different Activities in the Grand Canyon – (Click to expand)
Hiking Along the Rim
– You will want to dress for the season when hiking along the rim of the Grand Canyon, though you can expect relatively mild temperatures year round. Regardless of the season, be prepared with sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection.
Hiking at the Base – The base of the Grand Canyon typically has more intense temperatures, meaning it gets hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Be sure to dress for the season by bringing plenty of layers, a swimsuit, sun protection, and a water bottle!
River Rafting/Canoeing – If you’re planning to explore the river at the base of the canyon, don’t forget to pack a swimsuit, swimsuit cover up, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a quick dry towel. Wear what you’re comfortable in and bring clothing that can withstand your chosen activity.
Donkey and Horseback Riding – For these activities, it’s best to bring long pants and sturdy shoes that won’t fall off; some places may even require you to wear closed-toe shoes. As always, come prepared with layers to adapt to the weather, and consider bringing a sun hat or baseball cap as well.