We are often asked, “What is the weather going to be like on my trip?” It’s honestly one of the toughest questions for us to answer. Depending on your river trip type, you’ll travel between 85 and 270 miles on the Colorado River over several days through a remote national park wilderness. Getting an accurate forecast is not realistic. The possibility for extreme and unpredictable weather makes it important to stick to the packing list in your trip packet.
I blindly followed the instructions for packing and preparing, still not knowing what to expect and man was I glad I did! … We were so glad we brought all the equipment as we were way more likely to end up cold than hot overall – which really surprised us. -Lynne, Saint Louis, MO
I knew I was overpacking a bit with long sleeves and a fleece but it could easily have been a necessity if the weather swung the other way. -Tammy, Alexandria, VA
We recommend packing with the following in mind:
To get an idea of what the weather may be like on your trip and tips on how to manage extreme weather check out the links below.
For trips starting at the Bar 10 Ranch:
St. George, Utah is 80 miles north of the Bar 10 Ranch, but it’s the best forecast we can get for this wonderful, remote locale up on the rim. For the rafting portion of your trip when you’re down in the canyon, the closest weather station is in Meadview, Arizona.
For guests on trips 6 days or longer:
Phantom Ranch is the only weather station at river level in the Grand Canyon. Please note that looking up the forecast for Grand Canyon will show weather for the Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim which is very different from the weather on the river. There is a 4,800 ft difference in elevation, which can mean the difference between snow on the rim and rain on the river.
Forecast looking hot and dry? Check out our hot weather tips.
Looking cold and rainy? Here are a few cold weather tips to help you prepare.
Regardless of the forecast we recommend following the packing list so you will be prepared to have a good time no matter the weather! We look forward to seeing you on the river!