The best times to visit Grand Canyon for ideal weather are
May 28th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Grand Canyon Travel Guide
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Weather in Grand Canyon
Average temperatures in Grand Canyon vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 41st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Grand Canyon, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late June where highs are regularly around 88.9°F (31.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 43.5°F (6.4°C) at night.
Grand Canyon Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Grand Canyon Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Grand Canyon Perceived Temperature (F)
Grand Canyon Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Grand Canyon Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Grand Canyon are June, November, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late March. For example, on the week of March 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid July with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of July 9th.
When can you find snow in Grand Canyon? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around April, especially close to mid April. The best time to ski (if at all) in Grand Canyon is often around around April 16th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Grand Canyon.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Grand Canyon (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Grand Canyon has some comfortably humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is June (13.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (53.7%).
Wind in Grand Canyon is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and June. April’s average wind speed of around 6.6 knots (7.6 MPH or 12.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 17.5 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Grand Canyon.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||4.8||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5||Light breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.6||Light breeze||14.6||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.6||Light breeze||16.4||Significant breeze|
|May||6.5||Light breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Jun||6.2||Light breeze||16.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.2||Light breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||4.2||Light breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||4.7||Light breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Nov||4.9||Light breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Dec||4.8||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Grand Canyon?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Grand Canyon, AZ, US is May, followed by June and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Grand Canyon in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Grand Canyon Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 78.8°F (26°C) and 49.8°F (9.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 1 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Grand Canyon, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 80.3°F (26.8°C) and 51.5°F (10.8°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Grand Canyon to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 50.2°F (10.1°C) and 40.5°F (4.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.