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  Admission & Schedule

 

 
Park Admission and entrance fees are $20.00 for a seven day pass per vehicle, $10.00 for an individual on foot, bicycle or horseback for a seven day pass.  An annual pass good for access to the Grand Canyon for one year is $40.00  A Golden Eagle pass which is good for entry to all 379 National Park sites is $50.00 for the year.  You can purchase a National Parks Pass at any National Park facility in the country.  If you plan to visit several parks in the Grand Canyon area it offers the best value.  Park fees for those coming in on tours varies depending on your options and the tour operator.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is open from mid-May to mid-October (and stayed open until November in 1999).  The rest of the year it is closed and typically Arizona State Highway 67 is buried under snow.  The South Rim of the Grand Canyon operates year round and only on rare occasions temporarily closes due to snow.
 

 Climate

 
South Rim, Grand Canyon
Month Min Max Precip Mean
Jan 18 41 1.32 29.5
Feb 21 45 1.55 33.0
Mar 25 51 1.38 38.0
Apr 32 60 0.93 46.0
May 39 70 0.66 54.5
Jun 54 84 1.81 69.0
Jul 54 84 1.81 69.0
Aug 53 82 2.25 67.5
Sep 47 76 1.56 61.5
Oct 36 65 1.10 50.5
Nov 27 52 0.94 39.5
Dec 20 43 1.62 31.5

Table Legend

Park Closed
Has Snowed In This Month In The Past

Min - Average monthly low temperature
Max- Average monthly high temperature
Precip - Average monthly precipitation measure in inches of rainwater.  Each inch of rainwater is equal to roughly 10" of snow
Mean - Average min/max temperature

Spring - Weather can be very unpredictable, snow, thunderstorms, cold and heat are all possible, plan ahead
Summer - Typically pleasant and dry, afternoon thunderstorms are possible and can be severe, cool nights
Fall - Weather can be very unpredictable, snow, thunderstorms, cold and heat are all possible, plan ahead
Winter - Expect snow, cold but comfortable, snow storms can obscure views and occasionally closes the park, no refunds given if this happens

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North Rim Grand Canyon
Month Min Max Precip Mean
Jan 16 37 3.17 26.5
Feb 18 39 3.22 28.5
Mar 21 44 2.63 32.5
Apr 29 53 1.73 41.0
May 34 62 1.17 48.0
Jun 46 77 1.93 61.5
Jul 46 77 1.93 61.5
Aug 45 75 2.85 60.0
Sep 39 69 1.99 54.0
Oct 31 59 1.38 45.0
Nov 24 46 1.48 35.0
Dec 20 40 2.83 30.0
Table Legend
Park Closed
Has Snowed In This Month In The Past

Min - Average monthly low temperature
Max- Average monthly high temperature
Precip - Average monthly precipitation measure in inches of rainwater.  Each inch of rainwater is equal to roughly 10" of snow
Mean - Average min/max temperature

Spring - Heavy snow is possible through May, cool days and cold nights, wet
Summer - Pleasant with cool nights, snow has happened every month of the year but is rare in the summer, wetter than the South Rim, but not unacceptably wet
Fall - Heavy snow is possible as early as September, pleasant days and cool nights
Winter - Heavy snow, up to 25' a year, park is closed, no access

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Phantom Ranch

Month Min Max Precip Mean
Jan 36 56 0.68 46.0
Feb 42 62 0.75 52.0
Mar 48 71 0.79 59.5
Apr 56 82 0.49 69.0
May 63 92 0.36 77.5
Jun 78 106 0.84 92.0
Jul 78 106 0.84 92.0
Aug 75 103 1.40 89.0
Sep 69 97 0.97 83.0
Oct 58 84 0.65 71.0
Nov 46 68 0.43 66.0
Dec 37 57 0.87 47.0

Min - Average monthly low temperature
Max- Average monthly high temperature
Precip - Average monthly precipitation measure in inches of rainwater.  Each inch of rainwater is equal to roughly 10" of snow
Mean - Average min/max temperature

About The Base Of The Canyon
Summer time temperatures can be extreme.  A mean daytime temperature of 92 degrees is extremely hot.  Activity should be avoided while at the base of the Canyon during the hottest part of the day.  Watch for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion and sun stroke.

You will need to take the climate into account when at Grand Canyon National Park.  Evenings are typically cool, long pants and a light jacket will be helpful.  On the North Rim it can get cold, even in the summer and it has snowed on rare occasions.

During the day the North Rim is pleasant due to the higher altitude and the shelter of the ponderosa pine forest.  The South Rim is from 3 to 6 degrees warmer and has far less shade.  Carrying water, wearing a hat, and using sunscreen are all things that will help keep you comfortable at the Grand Canyon.

At the base of the Canyon temperatures can be extremely hot and life threatening.  Climbing as high as 120 degrees is not uncommon.  Do not underestimate the heat.  Every year backpackers die from heat related stress on the Canyon trails.  If you are climbing to the bottom of the Canyon, take two days to go round trip, and carry at least one gallon of water.