When Is The Best Time of Year to Visit the Grand Canyon?

If the Grand Canyon is at the top of your travel list, your first question may not be what Rim to visit or whether to drive yourself or take a guided tour—it’s when you should visit.

The best way to decide what time of year is best for your Grand Canyon adventure is to think about what you want to do when you’re there. Before you book a flight, consider what activities appeal to you most. For example:

  • Do you want to hike? Are you happy to hike along the Rim Trail, or do you want to trek into the Grand Canyon?
  • Do you want to camp or stay overnight, or would you prefer a day trip?
  • Are you interested in an airplane or helicopter flight, or how about a floor landing?
  • Do you want to see the Skywalk?
  • Are you travelling with kids?
  • Are you keen to go whitewater rafting on the Colorado River?

If your biggest priority is simply to see the sights and snap some photos, you’ll have a little more flexibility over your timeline, but some activities, such as camping, hiking, and rafting, are easier (and cheaper) to book during certain months. Whatever your preference is, our guide can help you choose the perfect time of year to visit the Grand Canyon.

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What to Expect When you Visit the Grand Canyon

If there’s one thing you can be sure to expect when you visit the Grand Canyon, it’s breathtaking views—sweeping landscapes and jaw-dropping vistas lurk around every corner. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, knowing what else you can expect to experience during your stay can help you plan and prepare for your visit, leaving you with more time to brush up on your Canyon history, research viewpoints, and explore the Rim.

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A Quick Guide to Exploring the Grand Canyon North Rim

The Grand Canyon’s North Rim may only be 20 miles away from the popular South Rim as the crow flies, but thanks to its remote location and higher elevation, it offers an entirely different experience.

If you’re torn between the iconic views of the South Rim and the rugged wilderness to the north, our brief guide to the visiting North Rim will help you decide if this off-the-beaten-path Grand Canyon experience is right for you. Keep reading to discover what you need to know before you visit, including what viewpoints to include on your must-see list. Let’s jump in!

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Digging Into the Geology of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most important, interesting, and awe-inspiring examples of the Southwest’s unique geology. For over a hundred years, it has captivated tourists, prospectors, and geologists alike. In the 1850s, Dr. John Strong Newberry started studying the geology of the Grand Canyon and the investigation has continued ever since, continually providing us with new information and insights about the Earth’s past.

Ready to build a solid foundation of geological knowledge ahead of your visit to the Grand Canyon? Let’s dig in.

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History of the Grand Canyon Railway

With a history spanning more than 7 million years, the Grand Canyon has long been a source of wonder for prospectors, explorers, and tourists, but travel to and from the Canyon wasn’t always as easy as it is now. Before the inception of the Grand Canyon Railway in the early 1900s, it took an hours-long, bumpy stagecoach ride to reach the Rim. Nowadays, we have many options for getting to the Grand Canyon, including airplane, bus, personal automobile, and of course, by train.

Throughout its century-long history, the Grand Canyon Railway has been helping shuttle valuable goods, livestock, and people to and from the Rim. Today, the Railway functions solely as a mode of transportation for travelers, but much like the Grand Canyon, the Railway has a long, layered history. Let’s take a closer look at the story behind this historic mainstay.

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