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Old 06-05-2004, 08:56 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon North Rim in August?

Is it likly that I could survive a couple of nights at the Grand Canyon North Rim campground without air conditioning the first week of August? I know its August, and Arizona, and all that, but it is 8,000 feet after all.

Water, ok. Battery power, ok. But no a/c? That is the unknown. Anyone out there have actual knowledge of the conditions that time of year?


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Old 06-05-2004, 09:34 PM   #2
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Early July...

I was there several years ago, the first week of July. My mom and I arrived early, and had to purchase sweat shirts. It was rather chilly. So, not an expert at all, but thought that may help a bit.


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Mark, We were just there 2 weeks ago. The campground is nicly wooded with a whole lot of shade. At 8,000' and coming from Missouri you'll be fine. Maybe pack some squirt guns just in case. Afternoon thunderstorms are to be expected and enjoyed, as are cool nights. Enjoy. Jamie
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I just returned from the AZ north country, although not the north rim, that was at 8100'. Days were warm but quite nice, evenings needed either the furnace or an additinal extra warm blanket. When I returned to Phoenix, it was 110 degrees. Park in the shade and you'll be fine. Altitude makes all the difference.

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August on the North Rim

Mark, We've been there in mid August, stayed in the motel/cabins right on the rim that didn't even have AC. I believe it got into the low 80's during the days (much warmer the deeper you go down into the canyon) and 30 degrees cooler at night. It's already in the mid 90's at 10:00 AM in Phoenix.
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Thank you all. It begins to look do-able. I appreciate each response.

Now, if anyone should happen to want to know the normal conditions here in Missouri in early August, "Yuck!" about sums it up.

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We always freeze!

It's beautiful on the North Rim, less crowds, etc. Due to the elevation it gets chilly at night. Check out the North Rim Lodge Balcony, wonderful place to have a drink and enjoy the view. If you plan on eating in the dining room, make reservations ASAP, otherwise you won't get a table.

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