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Posted: 7/7/2003 5:49:14 PM EDT
Here's my situation. I didn't think I was going to be able to take my annual trek from Florida to the great southwest because a)we have an infant baby so a family trip was out and b)none of my usual male hiking buddies
could get time off when I could.
However one of them managed to get a week off in late July and I am raring to go somewhere for some hiking and camping.
So, you guys in northern Arizona, what will the heat be like around the last two weeks in July? Are the crowds at the natural attractions bad right now? (Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Sedona etc...)
How widespread are the fires? Are any roads closed?
Any travel info appreciated.
Link Posted: 7/7/2003 11:26:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/7/2003 11:26:50 PM EDT by azjeffs]
Near-record heat right now. Monsoon hasn't started yet and the weather models indicate that it will be late and weak. The fires are not widespread but the forests are like a tinderbox because of the drought and pine bark beetles. Grand Canyon and Sedona are always crowded and unless you already have one, good luck getting a hiking or camping permit to visit Havasu.
Link Posted: 7/8/2003 9:13:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By azjeffs:
good luck getting a hiking or camping permit to visit Havasu.



I just called and got a permit to camp there for the two days in late July I wanted. Wasn't that difficult.
Link Posted: 7/8/2003 12:12:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/8/2003 12:12:59 PM EDT by azjeffs]
That's great! Havasu is a favorite place of mine but I've always had trouble getting a permit. The last time I was there was in 1999 so maybe the general decline in tourism since 9/11 has even had an impact down there. We used to have problems with Supai residents going through our tents and stuff while we were hiking. I hope that has changed too.
Link Posted: 7/8/2003 2:17:40 PM EDT
Damn, I hope the going through the tent thing has changed too! I'd better make sure I take any valuables with me if I leave our campsight. I actually hadn't 100% decided on where to go, but when you said that about Havasu Falls I decided to check to see if I could get a reservation. Now I did (and paid for it) and I guess that's where we're going!
I know it's gonna be damned hot, but hell, I live in central FL and it's been in the 100s here all damned week, so I should be used to it!
Link Posted: 7/8/2003 2:39:44 PM EDT
And of course, out here "it's a dry heat."
Link Posted: 7/8/2003 3:15:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By azjeffs:
And of course, out here "it's a dry heat."



Don't I know it! When my friend and I hiked down to Bright Angel campground a couple years ago in July, we each drank about a gallon of water.
Link Posted: 7/26/2003 6:54:57 PM EDT
Just wanted to say that Havasu Falls was awesome! What an incredible time we had! I felt like a kid again, climbing up onto rock ledges to dive into the pool at the base of the waterfall. Got some incredible pictures, which I would share if I could find a photo hosting site. What an incredible state Arizona is...
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 10:44:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
Just wanted to say that Havasu Falls was awesome! What an incredible time we had! I felt like a kid again, climbing up onto rock ledges to dive into the pool at the base of the waterfall. Got some incredible pictures, which I would share if I could find a photo hosting site. What an incredible state Arizona is...


Email them to me, I'll post them here!
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 1:54:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
... What an incredible state Arizona is...




... Shhhh RikWriter, let's keep it our little secret.
Link Posted: 7/29/2003 2:15:00 PM EDT
Monsoons in full swing down on the border. Getting hammed twice a day.
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