Which Is The Best Time Of The Year To Go To The Grand Canyon?

Grand Canyon Vacation

The Grand Canyon is a great place for a vacation!

The Grand Canyon is a year round destination. Approximately 4 million tourists flock this amazing destination every year.

 

The park is heavily crowded during summer, spring, and fall months. If you wish to avoid the crowds and do not want to face any difficulty in finding lodging, you must plan your trip to the Grand Canyon between March and May or in between September and November. The sweet weather and fewer tourists would let you enjoy your Grand Canyon vacation thoroughly. Between September and November the park offers more facilities and trails, letting the tourists do lot of things.

 

Summer is not only the peak season in the park, with hordes of tourists and limited availability of lodging, the temperature often exceeds 38 degree Celsius. Unless you want to get burned, avoid going to the Canyon between June and August. If you plan to hike, summer is again not the best time to plan your vacation to Grand Canyon. Sunburn and dehydration would spoil the fun.

 

If you are an adventure seeker and are looking for the best white water rafting experience though, you must plan your Grand Canyon holiday between April and September. It is indeed the best time to raft the Grand Canyon. The water in the Glen Canyon Dam touches 48 degrees Fahrenheit, making splashing in the waters on hot summer days simply great.

 

For those looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday, the ideal time to visit the Canyon would be between December and February. But be prepared to experience the chilly weather. Pack lot of warm clothes to bear the frosty temperature. Winter trip to the canyon is simply unbelievable.

 

To make the most of your Grand Canyon holidays, decide what you want to do and then check the local weather conditions to ensure that the weather is ideal for enjoying the holidays the way you want to.

 

 

 

7 Fun Things to do in the Grand Canyon

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, you may wish to try out the following 7 things to have a memorable and fun-filled Grand Canyon vacation.

California Condor seen while Grand Canyon Rafting

California Condor on a Grand Canyon Rafting Expedition

 

 

  1. Ride a bike. The Grand Canyon has miles of green biking trails and rim side roads that let bikers enjoy stunning views of the Canyon. Biking in the Grand Canyon is full of fun and adventure. Further, if you are short on time, it is indeed a quick way to see the canyon.

 

  1. Try out hiking. Want to experience the enormity of this natural wonder? Do some hiking, even if it’s just a few miles below the surface. As you traverse these mighty trails, you would get to feel the incredible vertical scale of the Grand Canyon. Just ensure that you are physically fit as hiking at such high elevation can be dangerous for people with certain medical conditions.

 

  1. Go white water river rafting. There is no better way to see the canyon. White water river rafting promises the adventure of a lifetime.  One will soon find out that in addition to the rapids there are hundreds of fabulous side canyons with waterfalls, pools, vertical walls, and fascinating geology.

 

  1. Rent a car to hit on all the major highlights of the Canyon in a day. Renting your own car gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore the Canyon at your own speed and convenience. You may take a guided tour if you want. Guided tours are great if you do not know much about the Canyon. By being with someone who knows the place inside out, you can rest assured of a great vacation in the canyon.

 

  1. Take a mule ride if you want to have some fun on your Grand Canyon vacation. Mule rides are usually available at Bright Angel Lodge but you should check if they are available or not. Watching the mules is as much fun as riding on their back. Stop by the mule barn in the Grand Canyon to watch the mules.

 

  1. Do you enjoy camping? Even if you have never tried it before, you can plan a camping excursion in the Grand Canyon. Just make sure to acquire a permit to camp around the Grand Canyon before you set your camp.

 

  1. Visit Hermits Rest, Hopi Point, Mohave Point, Lookout Studio, Kolb Studio, and Hopi House. Though there are many other places to see, these are definitely a must-see places. These places are fun to be at and unique in their own way. Further, you can get some great photographs at these places.

 

Taking your holiday in the Grand Canyon can be a lot of fun. Just make sure that you plan your holiday well in advance and take a lot of great photos. You should come back home with great memories that you would cherish for ever.

Grand Canyon Vacation: Tips for First Timers

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The Grand Canyon is a great place to plan your next vacation.

Planning a trip to Grand Canyon is both exciting and confusing. If you are going to Grand Canyon for the first time, here are some tips to help you plan nearly perfect Grand Canyon family vacation:

 

  • First and foremost, check out the weather before you start with all the preparations. You can search the web to find out the best time to visit the Canyon. The period between March and May and then from September till November is considered to be the best time to enjoy vacations in Grand Canyon. Summers are warm and busy. To enjoy discounts and offers, you may plan your holidays in the winter months though you may have to bear the cold.

 

  • Next you must decide how you will get there. Depending on the availability of time, your budget, and personal choice, you may reach the Grand Canyon by train, or you may board a flight or drive on your own.

 

  • Decide which part of the Canyon you want to visit. South Rim is ideal for family vacation due to abundance of services and hotels. If however you are looking for fun and adventure, visit Grand Canyon North Rim. North Rim is quieter than the South Rim and is ideal for couples as well. If you want to avoid going on high altitudes and want to experience the bottom of the Grand Canyon instead, consider Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

 

  • Make a list of things that you would want to do when in Grand Canyon. Exciting Colorado River rafting trips, hiking, biking, mule rides, and Grand Canyon air tours are some of the endless things you can do out there. Browse the web to find out what’s best to do in Grand Canyon. You may take help of a tour operator to plan the itinerary depending on the availability of time and your personal interest.

 

Finally, make the bookings well in advance and confirm them before you leave. Ensure that everything is in order and you would have a great time on your Grand Canyon vacation.

What to Bring On Your Colorado River Rafting Trip?

Grand Canyon Rapids are rated on a 1-10 Scale

Lava Falls is a Class IV to V Rapid Rated 8-10 on the Colorado River Scale

The mighty Colorado River offers a fantastic rafting experience to one and all. The sections of the river that flow through Westwater Canyon, Cataract Canyon, and the Grand Canyon are deemed to be some of the most dramatic stretches of river on Earth.  Rafting along the Colorado River will give one memories they will never forget. Floating along in the river one will enjoy the sky-high sandstone cliffs, exciting rapids, and amazing wildlife.

If you are a first time rafter and are confused as to what to bring along, here are some tips:

 

  • Swimsuits/shorts that can dry out quickly
  • Raincoat
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm hat and visor
  • Loose and comfortable T shirts, fleece tops and bottoms, hooded sweatshirts
  • One or two pair of shoes that can stay securely on your feet and will not slip off your feet
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Sunscreen lotion with SPF
  • Flash light
  • Water bottle
  • Change for buying Souvenirs or post cards of Colorado River and Grand Canyon
  • Fishing gear
  • Camp toys such as cards, Frisbee
  • Soap, shampoo, hand wash tooth brush, toothpaste, and other toiletries (Try to get biodegradable stuff to avoid polluting the river since you would be washing over there)
  • Insect repellent
  • Lightweight binoculars for enjoying the amazing wildlife
  • Camera to capture the special moments of your Colorado river rafting trip

 

Enjoy Colorado River Rafting Trips and make your time memorable!!

 

Top 10 Whitewater Rafting Destinations in the US and Different Whitewater Classes

River Rafting is one of the most adventurous and thrilling water sport activities.   Rapids and sections of whitewater are rated based on their difficulty to navigate.

Colorado River and Trail Expeditions has prepared a very informative Infographic titled ‘Colorado River and Grand Canyon River Rafting’. This has two sections.

The first section demonstrates different type of rapids based on their difficulty levels as per International Scale of River Difficulty. The rapids range from Class I – VI and have waves, rocks and other obstacles.

The second section demonstrates top 10 whitewater rafting destinations in the US and their difficulty levels.  In this chart the Grand Canyon is ranked as the best destination for whitewater rafting.

Top 10 Whitewater Rafting Destinations.

Top 10 Whitewater Rafting Destinations.

 

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Receives Second Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence 2013

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has been honored with this award for 2013

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions has been awarded a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.com for its rafting trips.  This is the second straight year C.R.A.T.E.  has received this accolade, which honors hospitality excellence.  This accolade is only given to tour companies that consistently achieve outstanding reviews on Tripadvisor from their guests.  Only about 10% of those companies and organizations listed with Tripadvisor.com receive this prestigious award.

In order to qualify for this award CRATE had to maintain an almost perfect rating as reviewed by travelers.  Additional criteria included the volume of reviews received during the past 12 months.

CRATE is honored to be rated so highly by their guests and is grateful for all of its wonderful employees who put together such wonderful trips.

 

 

 

RaftGrandCanyon.com a great information website for Grand Canyon Rafting

Raft Grand Canyon

RaftGrandCanyon.com is a great information site for planning a Grand Canyon rafting trip.

The website RaftGrandCanyon.com is a great information tool to use to plan a Grand Canyon rafting expedition.  The site has information about the different type of boats, the different river sections of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and a timeline of events in the Grand Canyon.  In addition the website contains information about the early river runners and advice about what time of year to raft the Grand Canyon.  Colorado River & Trail Expeditions who has been under original ownership for over 40 years believes this is the best Grand Canyon information site on the web for those who don’t know a lot about rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

There are all kinds of different boats used in the Grand Canyon.  There are motorized rafts, oar rafts, paddle boats, kayaks, and dories.  The website shows photos of the different boats and explains the advantages of each craft.

When doing a grand canyon rafting tour there are always choices to be made concerning how many days guests want to spend on the river and if guests want to do a complete trip or just a partial trip.  The website explains about the options available and what you will see.

RaftGrandCanyon.com also has a timeline of events in the Grand Canyon and a brief summary about the early rafters and explorers in the Grand Canyon.  Do you want to know about John Wesley Powell, how about when Grand Canyon was declared a National Park, or which president enlarged it to its present size.  This website contains a plethora of Grand Canyon information.

When planning a trip to the Grand Canyon a common question is which month is the best time to raft the Grand Canyon.  The RaftGrandCanyon.com website has an entire page devoted to this question and points out the positives and negatives of each Spring, Summer, and Fall month.

If you are planning a commercial rafting trip, a private rafting trip, or just looking for some information about the Grand Canyon.  Make sure to take a look at RaftGrandCanyon.com.

10 Interesting Facts about the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, one of the most fascinating and intriguing natural wonders of the world has always attracted tourists from the farthest corners of the world. The raging waters, treacherous ravines, gargantuan cliffs and an enviable flora and fauna of the exquisite wilderness make the Grand Canyon one of the most sought out natural wonders. And it is not only the Grand Canyon white water rafting that attracts tourists to this magnificent natural wonder. The Grand Canyon region offers a host of activities for every tourist. Apart from a thrilling Colorado River rafting experience, when in the Grand Canyon, you can indulge in activities such as trekking, walking, bird watching, cycling, photo shoots, camping, hiking, visiting the museums and simply marveling the scenic beauty that the region possesses.

 

So you think you know the Grand Canyon? Here are some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon that will make your trip even more remarkable –

  • Scientific research suggests that Grand Canyon took around 3-6 million years to formed.
  • It was carved owing to the erosion caused by the Colorado River.
  • The Grand Canyon was discovered by Garcia Lopez de Cárdenas in 1540.
  • There are around 90 species of mammals, 250–300 species of birds, and 25 species of reptiles that live in the Grand Canyon.
  • As the North Rim is higher in elevation than the South Rim, the climate there is cooler. Owing to the unpredictability of the climate and possibility of snowfall, the North Rim is open to tourists only during the early fall, late spring and summers.
  • An estimated 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon National Park annually.
  • For Pueblo Indians, the Grand Canyon is a holy site with various spiritual connotations.
  • The Grand Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, the first being Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in Tibet. The Grand Canyon’s average depth is approximately 1 mile.
  • The Grand Canyon floor contains fossil footprints of more than 20 species of amphibians and reptiles. Even though, no fossilized reptile teeth or bones have yet been uncovered.
  • The Grand Canyon has remained a popular movie shooting location with famous movies such as Into the Wild, Transformers, The Thief of Baghdad and Due Date, among others, shot here.
Rafting the Grand Canyon is a Must!!

Rafting the Grand Canyon is a Must!!

 

The Grand Canyon is a perfect place for a fun-filled vacation. Select the best Grand Canyon tours provider and immerse yourself in the magnificence of this mystifying natural paradise.

Studying Elusive Mountain Lions at Grand Canyon

This article was recently published in the Grand Canyon Association magazine, “Canyon Views,” Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring 2013.

Although you can see many wildlife species at Grand Canyon, from small Abert’s squirrels to plentiful elk, some are more elusive. With patience and a trained eye you might catch a glimpse of a bighorn sheep scrambling up a cliff or a condor flying overhead. It’s rare to see a mountain lion, however. And that’s one of the reasons park wildlife biologist Brandon Holton finds them so intriguing.

“I love getting into the mind of a mountain lion and trying to figure out why are they going where they go,” he says. “It’s almost like being a CSI investigator.”

The mountain lion (Puma concolor), also known as the puma, cougar, panther or catamount, is a large cat whose habitat ranges from the Canadian Yukon to the Southern Andes of South America. Up until 10 years ago, little was known about these animals at Grand Canyon. Then, in 2003, the National Park Service began a biological study of mountain lions to uncover their habitat and behavior, how they impact park resources and whether they are a danger to humans. In 2008, Brandon took over the program. Since then, he and his team have put GPS collars on 32 cats – 22 on the South Rim and 10 on the North Rim – and typically track five animals at a time.

The most revealing places to study mountain lions are where they take down and feed on their prey – locations called kill sites. “It’s interesting to do kill site investigations and to recreate them,” says Brandon. “Why are they using a certain habitat? Where did they stalk the animal? Where was the ambush, and what was the struggle? I see all different types of burials, drags and day beds.”

Typically, males eat as quickly as possible and move on, spending one to five days at a site, depending on the season. Females will stay on longer, generally until the carcass is picked clean, especially when they are caring for older cubs. And yet one time. Brandon tracked a younger male who killed a bull elk and sat on it for 20 days. He had observed this mountain lion as a younger cat, and over time watched as the cat got bigger and bigger.

“When he was about three and a half, I walked in on him. He was 30 feet from me, and he had just gotten off a kill. He had to have known I was there, but he couldn’t have cared less. He just rolled onto his back, and his stomach was just so distended. This is not typical behavior when humans are nearby.”

Another cat, a female that was collared in July 2011, also exhibited atypical behavior. She dropped into the inner canyon in November and didn’t come out until April. She was mainly feeding on bighorn sheep and some mule deer. The female crossed the river four different times, always just below Turquoise Rapid. “Thus far, almost all of the collared cats remained on the rim year-around and rarely visited the deep inner canyon,” says Brandon, “but there could be more occurrences like this that we’re not tracking.” This uncommon behavior is one of the reasons the park is studying these powerful and solitary animals.

Mountain lions in Grand Canyon, especially males, typically have a very broad home range – about 150 square miles. Grand Canyon lion studies are run jointly between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Grand Canyon National Park Service (NPS) to increase sample sizes, distribute study costs and allow researchers to look at mountain lion ecology on a larger landscape scale. The lions roam far beyond the park’s borders; almost every collared mountain lion has used surrounding U.S. Forest Service land as much as, if not more than, the park itself. For example, two subadult males in the study dispersed south from Grand Canyon to the Flagstaff area.

Humans have virtually no reason to fear mountain lions. These cats avoid humans because they don’t see us as prey. We, however, can be very dangerous to them: 60 percent of collared mountain lion deaths are are due to hunting outside the park, and the second most common cause of death is being hit by a car, especially on East Rim Drive. Mountain lions cross the road, which parallels the rim, to set up their beds for the day. Their deaths could be greatly reduced if only people watched for animals and used caution when driving in the park.

In recent years, the joint NPS/USGS research program has begun to study predator-prey relationships, particularly interactions between desert bighorn sheep and mountain lions. As more is revealed about Grand Canyon’s largest wild predator, the ecosystem as whole can be better understood and protected.

One interesting result of Brandon’s study has been the contrast in behavior between South and North Rim mountain lions. The following data reflects what his team has learned from the mountain lions they have collared.

SOUTH RIM
Prey: 65% elk, 30% mule deer
Age: 2-1/2 years old
Range: South Rim cats rarely go into the inner canyon = 95% of collared cats have stayed on the rim.

NORTH RIM
Prey: 95% mule deer (there are no elk on the North Rim)
Age: 2-6 years old
Range: North Rim cats have gone into the canyon more often than South Rim cats to hunt desert bighorn sheep, especially during winter when the mule deer on the North Rim disperse to lower elevations.

Chicken Salad Recipe

Over the years, we’ve had many compliments and questions about the meals we prepare on our river trips.  We thought we would share a recipe with those of you who would like to try preparing one of more popular lunches at home.

Chicken Salad Wraps (Serves approx. 5)

- 2-3 Cans (7.5 oz) Canned Chicken- 2 Cups Celery
- 1-2 Tomatoes
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Red Onion
- 2 Cups Red Grapes
- 1 Cup Whole Cashews
- 1 Head of Romaine or Iceberg Lettuce
- Mayonnaise
-1 Package of Tortillas

Open/drain the Canned Chicken and add to a large bowl.  Dice Celery, Tomatoes, Cucumber and Red Onion and add to the bowl.  Shred the Lettuce and add to the bowl.  Add Red Grapes (can be whole or sliced in half) and Cashews.  Add enough Mayonnaise to get the consistency you want and mix all the ingredients together.

Serve in a tortilla and enjoy!

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