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Old 01-25-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon in full bloom??

what is the best time of year to see the Grand Canyon in full bloom??? Spring time bloom that is??? plus temps and amount of rain one might expect??? I assume rain won't be too much, but I'm not sure hence the ?'s.
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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I have seen flower blooms on the north rim around Memorial day, so late May- early June is probably a good time. I would think the south rim would bloom a little earlier, maybe March or April.

Desert flower blooms are very unpredictable in general and it is difficult to catch any area in full bloom. Usually desert wildflower blooms occur at a specific area and nearby areas that happen to be drier, different elevation, or different soil bloom at different times or do not bloom at all in the same year. The best bet is to watch wildflower reports and try to make it to a nearby hot spot when the reports come in. http://www.desertusa.com/ has good wildflower reports for most of the southwest.
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hey thanks for the link. I'm wanting to explore the North Rim. wasn't sure when it might be to early, would like to avoide the heat and rain if that's an issue.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:39 AM   #4
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Just a friendly note: remember the North Rim is significantly higher in elevation then the south and can hold snow in areas much longer! I was up at the North Rim last July and it was quite cool at night, of course there was no snow then and the flowers were past bloom peak...
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:54 PM   #5
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I have been up to the North Rim in September and it was cold at night. About that time the leaves were turning and the Aspen trees were beautiful.

Look up Locust Point as it is a great destination for the North Rim. It is mostly mountain bikers that frequent that location, but it is still small enough to feel like you are not in a tourist trap. Fire roads to get to it are easy, might have some mud and standing water from the melt though in some low places. You can literally camp right on the edge of the canyon.

Here is the view just 15 feet from my tent on my trip there to ride my mountain bike.


Full photo album linked below. You can hike the trails, but not ride them on the motorcycle, just so you know.
http://www.roostzone.com/MountainBiking/Rainbow%20Rim/
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:04 PM   #6
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what is the best time of year to see the Grand Canyon in full bloom??? Spring time bloom that is??? plus temps and amount of rain one might expect??? I assume rain won't be too much, but I'm not sure hence the ?'s.
May and June are nice - regular monsoon storms start around July and can go through September. If you want to hike in the canyon things start blooming at the river first so you can see some cool stuff blooming 3000-5000 feet down around April.

Temps are ok in the day but it can get in the 30's at night on the south rim, colder on the north side. It can snow in may or june but it's not common - the south rim is 7000 ft and the north rim is 8500 ft so anything can happen but big storms are forcasted well so you can plan around them.

If you're not a hiker but REALLY want to dip your toes in the Colorado River, you can take the Diamond Creek (dirt) Road out of Peach Springs to the river with nice views of the western side of the canyon.

The south rim can be a busy place that time of year so if the weather is good on the north rim I'd go over there, you will see some awesome views of the canyon and avoid the crowds.
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