We could almost say we fell in love with the Grand Canyon, as we have been there twice now.
It was a little while ago.
A first visit at the end of May and a second, a few years later at the end of December.
Over there, you can encounter all types of weather conditions.
We sometimes forget that the area is located at an altitude of more than 2000m and that it can therefore be very cold even in May, especially in the evening.
As incredible as it may seem, we had a little snow during these two periods.
Even if the temperature rises very quickly as soon as the sun comes out, do not forget to pack a fleece, windproof jacket and beannie in your backpack whatever the season.
Also, the water level of the Colorado River is of course not the same in late spring and winter.
So be careful to check with the Park Visitors Centre before setting off on a hike and look at the weather forecast in order to plan your stay as well as possible.
The number of hours of sunshine is naturally not the same depending on the time of year and your hiking circuits will therefore need to be adapted.
For the first time in the Grand Canyon we advise you to walk all along the « South Bank ».
The South Bank is easy and accessible to all.
Without elevation, but several kilometers long, it can take you all day.
A nice warm-up that offers views, each one more beautiful than the last one.
The return trip can be by bus since several stops are scattered along the « Bank ».
For an immersive day hike in the canyon we recommend, and of course wearing good boots, the « Bright Angel Trail ».
The trail itself is already an experience and it offers very different points of view of the canyon. It is possible to turn around at any time.
Once on the plateau you are free, according to how fit you are and the time you have, to go left and continue towards the « Plateau Point » view point or go right and descend down to the Colorado River and soak your feet in it. No worries, the trails are well signposted and there are several water points noted on the map that will be given to you at the visitors centre.
The visitors centre is an essential stop for getting information about the park.
The various hikes, points of interest but also the condition of the trails and the weather during your stay, in order to enjoy the park in total safety.