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Grand canyon roadtrip

I'm hoping to take a ride out from SoCal to the GC next week and plan to be in the area for two or three days of riding/exploring. I've never been there...its my 60th birthday ride and on my bucket list. I want to be prepared...What's the weather like during that time? Where's a good place set up homebase (motel/hotel) where I'd be able to maximize my touring tourist time there? Thanks!

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If you're going for the touristy junk and to spend money, go to the south rim, if you're going to see the canyon and some nice riding take a look at the roads on the north side. A bunch of us were there 2 years ago for SWIII, most went to the north side.

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What's the weather like in mid-May? Where's a good place to stay nearby where I can get to the north rim areas but not take all day to get there?

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Kanab, Hurricane, or St. George. You may want to do some checking. North Rim May not be open. Typically it isn't open until May 15. Are you riding or driving? Plan for cold. It is up there in elevation.

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Plan for cold. It is up there in elevation.

Be careful here, they told us to plan for HOT, a few people nearly froze to death in their cool vests.........

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Lol. Some of the Canada boys found out the hard way how cool it can be here in the desert during SWIII.
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The Grand Canyon offers two very different experiences. The North Rim offers better riding, much less traffic, higher elevations with more forests. The views are completely different from those from the South Rim. In July, 2013 I based in Kanab, UT with a friend to visit the North Rim, about 80 miles. We stayed at the Best Western Red Hills. This was after visiting the five National Parks in Utah, finishing up with Zion. Temperatures were good at that time of year, but we had rain during late mornings, early afternoons on several days.

In February, 2009 I rode to the South Rim from Scottsdale where one of my kids lived at the time. The weather was perfect. Flagstaff would be a good area to base from on that side of the Canyon. The South Rim is more touristy and crowded, does not offer as much fun riding, but the views and trails are incredible. If seeing the magnificence of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River below is your goal, the South Rim will offer that. If you want better riding with more roads to check out the Canyon from the less visited side, go to the North Rim. Neither side will disappoint you. If you're planning two or three days, you could actually see both sides of the Canyon. It's about a 4 hour ride from the North Rim Lodge to the South Rim Visitor Center via Highways 67, 89 and 64. Ride safe and enjoy your trip!

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Kanab, Hurricane, or St. George. You may want to do some checking. North Rim May not be open. Typically it isn't open until May 15. Are you riding or driving? Plan for cold. It is up there in elevation.

http://grandcanyon.com/category/plan...-rim-planning/

Riding my shark. That's a great link you provided. I've got some studying to do so I can maximize my trip experience....THANKS!!!

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Be careful here, they told us to plan for HOT, a few people nearly froze to death in their cool vests.........
I usually ride in a perforated/armored leather jacket (proven crash-worthy once with not a scratch on my torso!), thick logger jeans, DOT helmet, armored gloves, and moto-specific boots. I like to stay cold to cool. If it gets too cold, I'll slip a windbreaker over my jacket. If it gets hot, I soak my skull cap in water and swamp cool my head. I plus-minus my layers as needed. But you'll never, ever catch me riding without some kind of layer/protection head to toe no matter how hot it gets

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The Grand Canyon offers two very different experiences. The North Rim offers better riding, much less traffic, higher elevations with more forests. The views are completely different from those from the South Rim. In July, 2013 I based in Kanab, UT with a friend to visit the North Rim, about 80 miles. We stayed at the Best Western Red Hills. This was after visiting the five National Parks in Utah, finishing up with Zion. Temperatures were good at that time of year, but we had rain during late mornings, early afternoons on several days.

In February, 2009 I rode to the South Rim from Scottsdale where one of my kids lived at the time. The weather was perfect. Flagstaff would be a good area to base from on that side of the Canyon. The South Rim is more touristy and crowded, does not offer as much fun riding, but the views and trails are incredible. If seeing the magnificence of the Grand Canyon with the Colorado River below is your goal, the South Rim will offer that. If you want better riding with more roads to check out the Canyon from the less visited side, go to the North Rim. Neither side will disappoint you. If you're planning two or three days, you could actually see both sides of the Canyon. It's about a 4 hour ride from the North Rim Lodge to the South Rim Visitor Center via Highways 67, 89 and 64. Ride safe and enjoy your trip!
Good info....I hope to ride/see both rims/areas...THANKS!!!

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