Traveling from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon
Phoenix is the closest major international airport to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. For most people traveling the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Phoenix is their first stop. One of the fastest growing cites in the Southwest, the Valley of the Sun has pretty much every amenity one could want or need. Once filled with beautiful orchards and cotton farms, Phoenix is now a metropolitan area with venues for sports, music and other activities to experience on the way to the canyon. Phoenix also offers some great outdoor activities including golfing, hiking and horseback riding.
Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert, and this is reflected in its climate and weather. Giant Saguaro Cactuses offer a beautiful backdrop, and popular destinations like Camelback Mountain offer a good way to stretch your legs. Early Spring and late Fall have wonderful weather, and winters are very mild. The sun is almost always shining in the Phoenix Valley and this includes the summer when temperatures can exceed 116 degrees in the shade, followed by monsoon season in July and August, when impressive thunderstorms turn dry creek beds into raging rivers. Since Phoenix is the same elevation as the bottom of the Grand Canyon, hikers and mule riders will experience the same climate in Phoenix as the will along the Colorado River on the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Read the guide below to learn more.