When it comes to exploring the Grand Canyon, comfort is key. But if you’ve never been to the Canyon before, dressing appropriately for the climate and the terrain can be a challenge.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
1. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes.
Even at the South Rim, which is the most highly developed region of the Grand Canyon, the terrain can be rough and unpredictable. Running shoes, sport sandals, or hiking boots are ideal. Flip flops, high heels, or new shoes that you’re still breaking in are not.
If you’re planning on hiking into the Canyon, wear a mid-weight boot with lots of ankle support. For the Rim trail, a running shoe with good tread will do the job.
2. Stay comfortable in light layers.
Light layers give you the most flexibility to adapt your outfit to the Canyon’s weather. Add a layer in the morning or evening when it’s chilly, and peel them off as the day warms up or as you hike!
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.
If you’re taking a guided tour, read the tour description carefully in case you need to pack or wear anything special, such as close-toed shoes or a bathing suit.
3. Wear a hat.
Some areas of the Grand Canyon, such as the West Rim, don’t provide much shade. No matter which Rim you visit, a hat with a wide brim is essential to protecting yourself from the hot sun.
It can also get cool in the winter, so if you’re visiting between November and April, consider packing a warmer hat to keep you nice and toasty while you explore.
4. Don’t forget sunglasses!
The sun shines brightly all year at the Grand Canyon, so bring a pair of sunglasses no matter what season you visit in. Consider leaving your designer shades at home in case they get scratched or broken.
5. Pack a mask
Face masks are required on NPS-administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained, as well as inside all NPS buildings and facilities.
Individuals over the age of two years must wear face masks, except when actively eating or drinking in the following locations:
- All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to: park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops, and restaurants.
- The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained: Mather Point, Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza, all bus stops, Hopi Point, Greenway Trail from Verkamps to Bright Angel Trailhead, and all entrance stations.
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