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Best in summer, also spring and autumn are good seasons for this adventurous hike. Please note the days before should've been dry otherwise it is even more slippery and you often stuck in the mud.
The Canyon is a year-round destination and every season is different. Be prepared weather can change dramatically at anytime particularly in winter.
Winter (Nov. until Jan./Feb.):
Expect cold and snow on the upper elevation. Carry extra layers for the nights, they are quite cold. Weather can be great during the day. The temps on the bottom of the canyon are mild. Mostly dry from February on. Sometimes winter can last until the beginning of April. Winter is a good time for hiking. Less visitors at this time of the year.
March and April: These months are often windy
Spring (April and May):
Expect a little rain only. It’s the driest time of the year and warms up to 75°F (24°C) . The landscape is brown and it’s dusty. Waterfalls are on a low level. Easter time gets crowded.
Summer (June to August):
Extreme heat on the bottom of the canyon but hiking on high elevation pleasant. End of June rain starts. Vegetation turns green and flowers are in bloom. The flow of the waterfalls is impressive. It’s not always rainy, there are also perfect summer days. Camping on the bottom is a high risk due to flash floods.
Autumn (Sep. until mid.-Nov.):
Rain can last until mid-Sep. Temps are moderate and hiking conditions are good. It’s still hot on the bottom of the canyon.
June to September is the best time for river rafting on Rio Urique. Rio Grande is less wild, the ride is more gentle with beautiful panoramic views.
August to December and March April
July to September are the best month ("Dry Season") - Best early in the morning
"Dry" season which last from May to October/November
The North Rim is open from mid-May until mid-October and closed in the winter. There are less iconic views but it’s also much less crowded than the South Rim.
The North Rim is only visited by 10% of the Grand Canyon visitors. You might even go in summer as the temperatures are more pleasant due to its higher elevation. Summer days are usually delightfully clear and cool except for the occasional thunderstorms in July and August. May and September are still great months to hike this trail. It's not heavily crowded if you visit in the summer. But still, try to avoid weekends and start your hike early.