When to go there
The Grand Canyon is a very busy, international attraction so it won’t be a solitary experience; four to five million people visit every year, most of them in summer, when it’s hot but especially hot if you’re hiking up and down. On average, the canyon in August reaches 28C (82F) along the South Rim and 39C (103F) at the bottom.
Best time to visit the Grand Canyon, especially if hiking
Winter: when there are fewer visitors, the air is clear but it’s still not too cold.
May/September: when it should be sunny and warm but neither unbearably hot nor unpleasantly crowded.
Some negative comments from dissatisfied visitors
“Went there from Vegas for a few hours… Nothing special. ”
“Seeing the canyon in person is about as good as seeing pictures of the canyon. It’s possible the pictures might be better since the photographer only releases the most interesting views of the park. ”
“I drove nine hours one-way to see it, but it felt like it was only worth a two-hour drive. So if you happen to be within two hours, it’s worth considering. Also, the trails are polluted with horse and mule faeces. I found myself on the canyon edge dangerously jumping and shifting around to avoid it. ”
“I have been lucky enough to remember the spectacular beauty from 30 years ago when it was not spoiled by tourist centers, souvenir shops and other spots of. . . civilisation. “