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post #1 of 22 Old 04-28-2014, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on climate, Bryce Canyon, North Rim Grand Canyon

June 7 through 21: I'm doing a two week trip from Santa Barbara to Arizona and Utah. Mostly camping, will spend a few nights in motels. I'll be going through Phoenix to pick up a ridding pal. We are going to hit Grand Canyon (North Rim), Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Capitol Reef and possibly Monument Valley. I know it will be hotter than Hades in the Phoenix area. My question is, what to expect in weather (temps & rain) from North Rim to Bryce and the other higher elevations. I want to hear about some experiences for mid June in this region. I've been looking at annual temps and see from mid 70s to lows of mid 30s. I'm trying to plan on what to pack for the heat of the California and Arizona deserts to the higher elevations of Utah. I have hot weather mesh jacket and pants and cold weather, waterproof jacket and pants. I don't want to take both.

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Looking forward to the answer too...as I plan to leave Indy on June 14th for two weeks of camping and riding in Colorado, Utah, and the North Rim area as well.

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I'll be on the North Rim in the 1st week of July myself. Did the South Rim about 10 years ago , same time, it was Hot , real hot. I too , would love to hear others experiences from the area about the climate.

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I have hot weather mesh jacket and pants and cold weather, waterproof jacket and pants. I don't want to take both.
I went by there once mid-May and it wasn't even open, but I know that is no help. You'd probably be okay with mesh if you have warmer garments like liners and such to wear in case you encounter some cold. Even rain gear could provide some wind barrier. Probably most of your ride is going to be on the warm side I would guess.

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Weather depends on the gods. I've been at the North side of the GC Memorial Weekend and the temps were fine. North side opens that weekend. It had been cold in Flagstaff a day earlier.
North side is quite nice. Make your reservations or you may not get to camp. I camped on a Forest Service Rd outside the park. Any where was fair game.
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I was just a kid last time I was out there so I really don't have any climate advice. But it looks like there will be stroms all over there in June. Aside from the others who posted that they are going myself and a buddy, both on 1K's will be leaving home on 6 June for a 3 week trip and will be passing through there. Our route will take us through SD, WY, CO, UT, and AZ. We might swing through NM on the way home but much of the return trip is up in the air since we have to be back by different days.

I guess my advice on climate is be prepared for everything. A lot of that area might be thought of as desert, some of it at higher elevations than I'm used to. What does that mean? It means you might be boiling during the day and cold at night. So if you are camping be prepared to stay warm at night.
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ya know- I don't wanna sound snarky when I say this- but I really don't understand this sort of question. Personally when I leave on a week long trip I always prepare for temps ranging from brrr to gah!

No use asking about the weather months in advance.
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I get where you are coming from. When I started camping off a bike it started off as weekends up near Lake Superior and the nearby national forest. The thing about that area is you can go from being in the woods where it's 90*+ to 50s down by the big lake. Then at night it might be high 30s by the lake and 50s or so in the woods. Then you could ride north or south and go from cold rain to sunshine in an hour or two. So I learned very early on to try and be as prepared for every kind of weather I could.
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June 7 through 21: I'm doing a two week trip from Santa Barbara to Arizona and Utah. Mostly camping, will spend a few nights in motels. I'll be going through Phoenix to pick up a ridding pal. We are going to hit Grand Canyon (North Rim), Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, Capitol Reef and possibly Monument Valley. I know it will be hotter than Hades in the Phoenix area. My question is, what to expect in weather (temps & rain) from North Rim to Bryce and the other higher elevations. I want to hear about some experiences for mid June in this region. I've been looking at annual temps and see from mid 70s to lows of mid 30s. I'm trying to plan on what to pack for the heat of the California and Arizona deserts to the higher elevations of Utah. I have hot weather mesh jacket and pants and cold weather, waterproof jacket and pants. I don't want to take both.

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Great post! Another 'strom rider and myself will be staying in St George and riding everyday in those areas from the 9th thru the 13th.
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The North Rim of the GC is on the Kaibab Plateau and is over 8000 feet in elevation, so you can expect somewhat drastic differences between daytime and nighttime temps. Could be in the 80s-90s in the daytime, and drop into the 30s at night.

The North Rim access typically opens on May 15th. The only thing that would delay that opening would be heavy snow blocking the main access road.

Jacob Lake is the closest town(?) to the North Rim. Here's their current weather:

Jacob Lake, Arizona (86022) Conditions & Forecast | Weather Underground
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