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Would anyone in their right mind go to Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon NPs in July or August?

Would anyone in their right mind go to Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon NPs in July or August?

Old Jan 12th, 2009, 06:44 PM
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July and August are "off-season" in southern Arizona - Phoenix and Tucson. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are higher in elevation and will be in high season when you visit.

The Parks will be crowded but Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon South Rim have shuttles to handle the throngs. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon never gets too many people and it's only open from mid-May to mid-October in most years.

If you are into camping, July and August are great months to camp in these national parks. Whether you stay in lodges or motels or decide to camp, make your reservations early.
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I just posted something similar on another post an hour ago - my husband and I love the Southwest - no better scenery in the world -

What we did was stay at one central location - and did day trips to the other locations every other day so we would not be tired out - Zion will get hot that time of year - Bryce is always cooler as well as Grand Canyon - go to the North Rim - in my humble opinion.

We stayed at Dreamkatcher Bed and Breakfast at Lake Powell - so one day we would do something in the Lake Powell area - hiking Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend or Coyotte Buttes and then two hours away the next day go early to Zion - next day rent a boat to go down the slot canyons on Lake Powell -water temps are like bath tub - spectacular - next day go to Grand Canyon, and alternate every other day - another Day to Monument valley - they are considered the center of canyon country - plus its much easier to leave your luggage in one spot then drag it around every day - the hosts at Dreamkatchers will book your tours at Lake Powell area for you so all you have to do is wake up the next morning have a fabulous breakfast that guarantee will not let you get hungry again until dinner time. The views from the bed and breakfast are breathtaking and they even have an outdoor hot tub deck to sit under the beautiful Southwest skies. They changed their website so it was difficult for us to find it as well - and are going to stay a week in May with them - http://www.myspace.com/dreamkatchers.

You can not go wrong with a central location - especially when it is hot outside - you could run into the monsoon season in July - - we prefer September when it is a little cooler and kids are back in school - but will settle for May this year.

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Old Jan 13th, 2009, 05:25 PM
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2 posts by this new poster and both sound like an ad for a particular B&B. Hmmmm... :-?
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Old Jan 13th, 2009, 06:40 PM
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I'm sorry, but I think the distances are too far to stay in one place. Just my opinion.
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Hey Starrs - just saying - no I am not a travel agent or receive a commmission on my recommendations and generally I do a lot of posting in Trip Advisor - just started here a couple of days ago -

I love B&B's - feel safe and cared for over a hotel - and I have stayed at a lot of crummy ones during our last visit to the Southwest - I also rate the bad ones as well - so if I see something good I crow about it - and they were good - see - did not even mention their name, however, if it gives them a bad name here I won't continue to do so - not fair to them to be judged by my enthusiasm.

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We visited GC in July with our two sons ( 11 & 14 ). We stayed within the park on the S side. We honestly found the heat more difficult to deal with outside the park, than in. Zion was definitely cooler & enjoyable with nice hiking trails. They each have their good points & I would certainly recommend both, as well as Bryce.

GC was crowded during the day, but most visitors seemed to be day-trippers, arriving on bus tours & wearing inappropriate footwear for hiking, so they stuck gingerly to the main overlook trails near GC Village. The other overlook areas & trails were less crowded.

One thing my husband & I found intriguing at GC, was that late at night--around 10:30 PM or so--we went for a walk outside our room. We could hear constant wind rushing in the distance. The sound became louder & louder as we approached the canyon rim. Standing near the edge (behind the fence) the warm wind was rushing up & out of the canyon & racing by us. It blew through the tall evergreen trees, making an eerie sound, but I thought it very cool--both in terms of temperature & atmosphere. It was great -- a fun memory.
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Hi Kiwi_Rob:

My husband and I have lived in Arizona for 22 years, and were married here in Tucson in 1969. So, I think we can give you some accurate information. We have been to the GC South Rim and North Rim, as well as Bryce and Zion. You can find out anything you want to know about National Parks in the U.S by going to http://www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon. This is the U. S. government web site. Since l nearly all of the hotels, etc that are in the parks are contracted out, the site will give you all of the information on how to make reservations. It has a host of information and for instance gives you all of the telephone numbers for lodging outside the park.

Grand Canyon South Rim - It is hot in July and August and is also the rainy season which will make it more humid, but the photography is spectacular. Thunderstorms can come on quickly be very severe, with wind and hail and flash flooding can be prominent. if you and your wife are not doing a guided tour, just heed what the Park Rangers tell you. The average for months of July and August is 84 degrees F.Just to give you an example in July 2003 it was 100 degrees F. Very unusual but can happen. People have said it wasn't so bad heat wise, however it depends on how you are affected by heat. However: PLEASE, do not ignore the advice about water!!!!

It will be crowded!, but it is worth it!!!.

GC North Rim; Less crowded more isolated, we stayed in the Park
and loved it. For the North Rim, I would highly recommend staying in the Park.

Totally up to you about timing. As to air conditioned vehicles you might want to do research on this because there has been a movement to ban personal vehicles because of the crowding during the summer months. The government site should give you any information on this.

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Old Jan 17th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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Thanks once again. A always, invaluable information and advice.
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