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At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon there are two pet-friendly hotels: the Red Feather Lodge and the Grand Hotel in Tusayan. Pets are not allowed to stay overnight in any of the in-park hotels, but there is a kennel inside the park. Advance reservations are recommended [(928) 638-2631 or (928) 638-0534]. Pet-friendly hotels and dog boarding facilities are also available in Williams or Flagstaff . On the North Rim, dogs are permitted only on the bridle path connecting the lodge to the North Kaibab trail. The National Park Services goes as far as to suggest that pets be left at home when you visit the North Rim. The closest pet-friendly property to Grand Canyon North Rim is the Holiday Inn Express in Kanab, Utah (1.5 hours away). Other pet-friendly lodging is available in Page, Arizona (2.5 hours away). The Page- Lake Powell area also has a couple of dog boarding facilities, where advance reservations are recommended: Anderson’s Feed & Fence at (928) 645-3633, or the Page Animal Hospital at (928) 645-2816. Dogs are not allowed at Grand Canyon West, with the exception of service dogs for the disabled.

If you stay at a hotel, a deposit will be required for your dog. Commercial boarding facilities will require proof of current vaccinations. For availability and pricing of pet-friendly hotels in the area, call (800) 916-8530. For more information on traveling with your dog, visit www.thetravelerscompanion.com .

Insider’s Guide Reader Tip: “Dogs are not allowed on any tours (except for certified service dogs). If you’re going on a tour that starts early in the morning, you will need to arrange to have your pet kenneled the night before. Make sure you plan accordingly!”

  • Anne M.

Travel Tip 13 - How’s the Weather?

Grand Canyon weather in summertime runs the gamut from warm and dry to rainy and stormy. Daytime highs at the South Rim range from 85-90°F; the North Rim usually runs about 10° cooler. Nighttime lows can dip down into the 40’s and 50’s, and temperatures drop quickly after sunset. Grand Canyon West and the Inner Canyon corridor trails are just plain HOT, with temperatures of 110°-120° frequently reported. July through September is known as “monsoon season,” which is typified by brief but intense thunderstorms that move in from the South in the afternoon hours.

Spring and Fall are the best times of year to visit the Grand Canyon. Average daytime highs range from the 60’s to the ‘70’s on the South Rim and about 10° cooler on the North Rim (though the North Rim is not open in the springtime). Nights are still chilly with lows ranging from the 20’s to the 40’s. Grand Canyon West will typically run 10-15° warmer than the South Rim. Spring and Fall weather is also best for inner canyon hiking, with average highs ranging from 80 to 90°F at the bottom of the canyon, which is much more bearable than the oppressive and dangerous heat of summer. Wintry weather is known to make the occasional appearance in early spring and late fall, though, so monitoring the weather prior to your trip is important at these times of the year.

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