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Grand Canyon Gear for Travelers

Grand Canyon Gear for Travelers

Make sure you have the right gear for your Grand Canyon adventure. We talk a lot about the vast size of the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas, but there are also huge variations in climate due to elevation changes throughout the park. These changes in elevation create different Grand Canyon Ecosystems and each of them have weather and conditions that vary throughout the year. The gear you'll need also depends on the Grand Canyon Activities you'll be doing when you travel to Grand Canyon National Park. Someone hiking to the bottom of the canyon in June, will have much different needs than a person taking photos on the South Rim in December, but there is some recommended gear everyone should bring along for their Grand Canyon adventure. Read the guide below to learn more.

Grand Canyon Gear List

Gear for Every Grand Canyon Trip

Below you'll find a list of gear that will be helpful for almost anyone traveling to the Grand Canyon. Whether you'll relaxing at a scenic vista or hiking to the bottom of the canyon, these Grand Canyon essentials will help you have a safe and comfortable experience.

  • Sun Glasses
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Camera (if your cell doesn’t have a good one or you want better quality pics)
  • Cell Phone
  • Layers (even in the summer it can be cool or rain on the canyon rim)
  • Good shoes for walking or hiking
  • Hydration (bring your own water bottles/hydration system is the way to go)
  • Snacks (foods not always readily available)
  • Small backpack or bag (something easy to carry with space for your stuff)

Gear for Grand Canyon Adventure

For travelers heading below the rim on a Grand Canyon adventure you'll want a few extra pieces of gear to make sure you're prepared for everything the Grand Canyon has to offer. If your thinking about do a Grand Canyon rafting trip, or overnight backpack you'll need a lot of extra gear and knowledge...make sure you do your research before head out.

  • Trail Sneakers or Hiking Boots (if you need extra ankle support)
  • Sun Glasses
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Layers (even in the summer it can be cool or rain on the canyon rim)
  • Camera (if your cell doesn't have a good one or you want better quality pics)
  • Hydration (stay hydrated, bring water bladders or several water bottles)
  • Snacks (protein like jerky and salty snacks especially when it's hot)
  • Sports Drink Powder (replacing electrolytes is key, especially when it's hot)
  • Daypack/Small Backpack (comfortable with space for your stuff)
  • Trekking Poles (these really help, even on short hikes)

Seasonal Gear for Grand Canyon Travel

Below are some quick tips for different seasons, for more information on seasonal conditions to prepare for your trip, check out our Grand Canyon Weather page.

  • Summer Season- Summer is hot from the rim to the river. It can reach the 90's on the rim and 115 at the bottom of the canyon. Stay out of the heat from 10-4, stay hydrated, eat plenty of food and salty snacks, use sun block and be prepared.
  • Fall Season- Fall is one of the best times to visit the canyon, but it can still get cool (on the rim) and hot, especially on the bottom of the canyon. Be ready for a lot of variation n weather.
  • Winter Season- The Grand Canyon is cold in the winter. The higher elevation on the North Rim means it is shut down and the South Rim frequently gets snow. Even though you're in Arizona, be prepared for cold and icy winter conditions.
  • Spring Season- Spring conditions can have some of the most dramatic changes in climate and weather. March and April are usually the months with the biggest snow falls and May can already have temperatures that exceed 100 degrees. Spring can be one of the best times to visit the canyon, but make sure your prepared.

Gear Shops in Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim

Canyon Village Market
Market Plaza Rd
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Phone: 928-638-2262

North Rim

North Rim General Store
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Phone: (928) 638-2611

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