- Arizona's Grand Canyon Country, encompassing northwest and north-central Arizona, boasts some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural beauty. It includes the Grand Canyon, Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon, and the mountain community of Flagstaff. Although the canyon is the areas main attraction, there's much more to experience in this dramatic desert setting. Other attractions include the Kaibab National Forest, and Slide Rock State Park. Whether it's the incredible expanse of Lake Powell, the rock of Sedona, the skiing through powdery snow, or native American culture, Grand Canyon Country has plenty of outdoor opportunities in a beautiful setting.
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Grand Canyon National Park
Recreation - Each season brings a different palette of colors to Canyon Country and a new slate of vacation activities, from hiking and rafting to skiing and sledding. Recommended recreational activities include: hiking, camping, boating, rafting, horseback riding, biking, skiing and sightseeing.
Climate - The higher elevations of this region, including the Grand Canyon rim at 7,000-8,000 feet, experience snow from early fall through late spring. These elevations experience cool to cold winters and cool nights even in summer. Summer daytime temperatures normally reach into the mid 80's with afternoon thunderstorms common. Inner canyon hiking (below the rim) is another story, however: summer temperatures along the Colorado River at the canyon bottom can reach 120º F. Weather is particularly changeable in spring and fall; visitors should be prepared for a variety of climates.
Grand Canyon Country encompasses northwestern Arizona. The Grand Canyon travels the length of this area from Lake Powell in the north to Lake Mead just over the Arizona/Nevada border. Flagstaff is the largest city in this region. Main highways accessing this area include Interstate 40, US Highways 89 and 180, and State Highways 64 and 67.