Grand Canyon country is a land of extremes. It is not uncommon for temperatures to be well into the triple digits in the summer.
Here are some tips on how to stay cool under the hot Arizona sun:
- Cover Up. It might seem counterintuitive but bring long-sleeved shirts, socks, and pants. And don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat! Your clothes will be your first layer of protection between you and the sun.
- Stay Wet. Soak Everything — yourself, your clothes, your hair, your hat, your bandana or sarong in that cold river water! Or place a wet bandana on the back of your neck.
- Keep Away From The Rocks. Don’t set up your campsite next to that really cool-looking rock wall. Rocks retain heat; that rock wall will act as a space heater all night long. Instead, set up your camp (forgo the tent altogether; they can keep you too warm on hot nights) as close to the river as possible. You might get a refreshing breeze coming off the water. We provide you with a sheet in addition to your sleeping bag.
- Drink water! Be sure to hydrate continuously throughout the day, drink plenty of electrolytes and eat salty snacks. Listen to your body and notice the color of your urine; it should be a light yellow and well-hydrated folks likely will need to use the restroom at each rest stop.
- Reapply sunscreen and lip balm frequently. In addition to being pretty uncomfortable, a sunburn can also make you feel warmer.
- Cotton camp clothes. A comfortable cotton t-shirt and shorts or dress/skirt feel great after a day on the river!
There are lots of simple tricks to cool down in the heat of the Grand Canyon. Find what works best for you, stay cool, and have a great trip!