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Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon South Rim - Best weather?

Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon South Rim - Best weather?

May 5th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon South Rim - Best weather?

Hi Everyone!

Getting close to time to book our trip. We were originally planning for Memorial Day, 2014. Now, I'm wondering if July would be better weather than early June? What about crowds? Are summer crowds pretty equal for June vs. July?

Thoughts? Opinions?

Thank you!
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May 5th, 2013, 03:31 PM
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Two suggestions, pending answers from locals: www.weatherbase.com for historical data and www.wunderground.com to just explore. You might also check the National Park Service web sites for each park. It will be a heck of a lot hotter in July than June no matter what.

Crowds are a fact of life these days...you will spend a lot of time driving the south rim of Grand Canyon just looking for a parking place.
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May 5th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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I've been there in late May and mid-September. Excellent weather. July is hot and monsoon season.

When I've been there there's always been a fair number of people. Not crowds really.
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May 5th, 2013, 06:29 PM
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I would say Mid May would be the best time. I've been there several time over Memorial Day weekend. Crowds haven't been that bad(maybe a bit at Zion, but the shuttle make that easier as no traffic). Earlier the better, IMOP. Even early May.

You are very smart to plan a year in advance and get exactly what you want. FWIW, I like the cabins at Bryce Lodge and Zion Lodge best.
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May 5th, 2013, 07:05 PM
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Thanks... I did check the park web-sites for their weather charts. I think we're going to try to swing June rather than July. I imagine 4 weeks does make a difference.
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May 5th, 2013, 08:25 PM
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I know many people recommend staying IN the park at Zion - at the Lodge. I'm of a different opinion. Since the town of Springdale is so close by I think you are equally wise to stay there. Here's why.

- Hotels have pools and hot tubs. Great way to cool down and relax after a day's hiking!

- many hotels have suites with kitchenettes, or a least a fridge. Makes for a quick & cheap breakfast & packing a lunch to carry with you

- Many dining options in town, plus several food markets to get groceries.

Yes, you have to take the shuttle into the park, but it's not that big a deal once a day.
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May 5th, 2013, 10:10 PM
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BIG. June is cooler and more manageable than July (which I would just take off the table--and I live here!), May cooler and quite a bit less crowded than June.

I agree with J62 about staying in Springdale. We like to wander the street--one main road with everything, plus there are fun concerts there in the summer at the outdoor OC Tanner Ampitheater with the red cliffs of Zion as back drop.

http://www.dixie.edu/tanner/schedule/index.html
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May 6th, 2013, 06:14 AM
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Thanks, Everyone! June it is! (Mid May is out due to school - if we home schooled - I'm sure that is when we'd travel!).

I'm working on my itinerary now!
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May 6th, 2013, 09:13 AM
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I agree that a Springdale hotel with pool is a great option for Zion. However be sure to stay in the park at the Grand Canyon to avoid a long trek in and out each day. I like Bright Angel (not at all fancy, but right on the rim). It's also nice to stay in the park at Bryce if you can swing it.
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May 6th, 2013, 10:26 AM
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I always stay "in park" when available. There is a reason they are "hard to get reservations" if you wait.
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