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Walking Vacation Walking the American West: Zion & Grand Canyon ​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 2 – 6 mi  |  Daily Walking: 2 – 4 hr
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Weather & Climate 

The weather in the desert of southern Utah and northern Arizona can be very hot. Spring and fall are cooler times, while summer days can go above 100 degrees. July and August are thunderstorm season in the Grand Canyon and storms can roll in—and out—quickly. These storms are dangerous, but can also offer a spectacular experience when viewed from a safe shelter.

The following chart of average temperatures in Zion and the Grand Canyon will help you to prepare for your tour:

Zion National Park

Average

Daily High Temp (°F/°C)

Daily Low Temp (°F/°C)

Rainfall (in./mm.)

Apr

62 / 17

34 / 1

1.12 / 28.4

May

73 / 23

42 / 6

0.75 / 19.0

Jun

83 / 28

51 / 11

0.55 / 13.9

Jul

89 / 32

58 / 14

1.25 / 31.7

Aug

86 / 30

57 / 14

1.71 / 43.4

Sep

79 / 26

48 / 9

1.23 / 31.2

Oct

67 / 19

38 / 3

1.76 / 44.7

 

Grand Canyon National Park

Average

Daily High Temp (°F/°C)

Daily Low Temp (°F/°C)

Rainfall (in./mm.)

Apr

61 / 16

29 / -1

1.02 / 25.9

May

72 / 22

36 / 2

0.50 / 12.7

Jun

82 / 27

43 / 6

0.32 / 8.1

Jul

86 / 30

51 / 11

1.87 / 47.5

Aug

82 / 27

50 / 10

2.39 / 60.7

Sep

76 / 24

43 / 6

1.44 / 36.6

Oct

65 / 18

33 / 1

1.33 / 33.8

 

*April – May and September – October are the best times to visit—as the temperatures are more moderate and crowds are generally smaller than during the summer season. The above are average temperatures. Actual temperatures may vary depending on developing weather patterns. Please consult a newspaper, the Internet, or local tourism office prior to your departure for current weather information.

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