Fun fact you might not have known about: the deeper you head into the canyon, the hotter it gets. That’s thanks to a process called adiabatic heating: as the air sinks down, it gets compressed, which causes energy to be released as heat.
At the bottom of the canyon, rafters enjoy cooler temperatures beginning in September through October when the season finishes. The bottom of the canyon cools down to 60 to 70 degrees at night, and 80-90’s during the day, shave off another 5 degrees or so in October, a big difference from the triple-digit summer heat.
Where is the hottest part of the Grand Canyon?
The West Rim, located closest to Las Vegas, is the warmest year round and features the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Expect dry, hot temperatures on the West Rim during the summer, so stay appropriately protected from the sun and hydrated to make the most of your visit.
Is the Grand Canyon usually hot?
Grand Canyon Temperatures
Temperatures vary quite dramatically depending on season and also on altitude. In general, the Inner Grand Canyon is warmer and can you dangerously warm in the summer if not prepared. In contrast, the temperatures on the North Rim and South Rim can be quite cold in winter.
As air sinks down into a lower elevation, it gets compressed, compressed air releases heat as energy. This caused the air mass to become even warmer. “This is why you can see temperatures in the 90’s at the top of the Grand Canyon but temperatures 20-30 degrees hotter at the bottom of the canyon,” Brink says.
However, if you plan to hike into the canyon below the rim, be prepared for much warmer conditions. In fact, summer temperatures along the Colorado River at the canyon bottom can reach as high as 120 ºF / 47 ºC. Long sleeves and pants are advised to prevent dehydration and sunburn.
What is the best month to visit the Grand Canyon?
The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November, when daytime temperatures are cool and crowds are thin. If you decide to visit during the summer (the park’s peak season), be prepared for hordes of tourists and very limited lodging availability.
What should I wear to the Grand Canyon?
Stay comfortable in light layers.
In the summer, wear shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes with a light jacket or sweater. In the winter, opt for jeans, good shoes (or even boots – it does snow at the Grand Canyon!), and a long-sleeved shirt with a jacket or sweater.
Distance-wise, it’s about 9.5 miles (15.5 km) each way but with an elevation change of over 4,300 ft (1300+ m) and it’s really that elevation change that makes it a tough hike. The hike down generally takes 3-5 hours while the hike up, after a good overnight rest, will typically take 5-9 hours.
How many people fall to their death in the Grand Canyon every year?
On average, about 15 to 20 people die every year in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park in incidents ranging from medical emergencies to falls and suicides, Baird told The Post. Nine fatalities have been tallied thus far in 2021, Baird said.