Grand Canyon Heat

It can be really HOT in the Grand Canyon. By which I mean really, really HOT. Believe the people who say you need to drink tons of water all the time, and use a hat, sun block and schedule some down time.

We saw way too many babies bright red and overheated, and heard way too many arguments between parents and their children. If you come from a moderate climate, you may not have experienced this kind of heat-think of how it feels when you open the oven door to check on a pizza.

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It can be especially hard to get kids to drink lots of water, so consider Popsicles, sports drinks, whatever works to get liquids into them. Since the air is so dry, many people do not sweat, or don't sweat much, giving the impression that maybe you don't need to drink a lot. Drink.

Water is available most everywhere along the Rim, though the tap water around the park tasted very minerally to us and might not appeal to all kids (and some adults). You might end up buying bottled water instead. Bottled water, by the way, is available all over the place. The only place where water is hard to find is on the trails you hike or ride mules down into the Grand Canyon. Most have water stations, but there can be a lot of hot, dusty hiking between those stations.

You will need to think about the weather and plan things accordingly, such as getting up earlier or staying up later to do things when it is cooler. Maybe afternoon naps for Dad? Don't try to push the kids through the mid day heat. Instead, aim for that time for shopping, a later lunch, maybe even some TV at the room or ice cream if you wish. Just be sure to eat it in the shade.

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