Winter Driving ConditionsSnow and ice present potemtially hazardous driving conditions and can
temporarily close park roads. Check at visitor centers or call 928-628-7496.
Please slow down and drive carefully while exploring Grand Canyon in winter.
Summer temperatures on the South Rim, at 7000 feet (2135 m), are relatively pleasant with high temperatures generally in the 80s (27-32°C) North Rim summer high temperatures are typically cooler than the South Rim due to increased elevation (8000 feet/ 2440 m), with highs typically ranging in the 70s (21-26°C).
Winter weather varies greatly and changes suddenly. Be prepared with layered clothing for cold, rain, wind, and snow. Trails and walkways may be icy. Over-the-shoe traction devices recommended for your safety.
Use sunblock, stay hydrated, take your time, and rest to reduce the risk of sunburn, dehydration, nausea, shortness of breath, and exhaustion. Elevations are 7,000 feet (2,135 m) on the South Rim and 8,000 feet (2,438 m) on the North Rim. Arizona's dry climate may affect you differently than your home environment.
Seeing WildlifeWhile it may seem like a national park is like a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, we’re a whole different animal, and it’s important to get smart if you want to go wild. Keep a long distance from wildlife to maintain the safety of you, your family, and the wildlife you have come to appreciate.
How close is too close?Stay at least 100 feet (30 meters) or about two bus lengths away from elk, deer, bighorn sheep, California Condors, and mountain lions. Keep at least 50 feet (15 meters) or about one bus-length away from other smaller wildlife like squirrels, birds, and reptiles. Stay safe and never assume you are the one that can get away with a close encounter.
What if an animal approaches me?Wildlife may not know better, but YOU do. Although it may feel flattering, if any kind of wildlife approaches you, back away and maintain that safe distance. It’s your responsibility and your safety —help us keep wildlife wild.
Can I feed the animals?
Feeding animals is prohibited. This is for their safety as well as yours. Wildlife will quickly become persistent pests to you when fed. Even the scent left over in an empty cooler can attract a wild animal.
View Grand Canyon Safely
Stay at least six feet (2 m) from the edge. Hold on to Children. Do no lean over or go past wallk and railings. Always be aware of your surroundings. Do not back up without first looking where you are going.
Never Throw Anything Over the EdgeNever Throw rocks, coins, trash, or anything else over the edge. Objects tossed over the edge or dislodged by walking off trail can injure hikers and wildlife below.
Grand Canyon National Park—a World Heritage Site—belongs to everyone. Please leave everything where you find it; including rocks, plants, firewood, and artifacts.
Last updated: June 21, 2017