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"First of all, water." Water Tip by John195123

Water, Grand Canyon: 9 reviews and 5 photos

The Grand Canyon can be deceptively hot and dry. Cooler temperatures (relatively speaking, here) at the top do not mean cooler temperatures inside the canyon. Some of the trails (Bright Angel) provide water at certain points, but you should still bring plenty of your own or at least containers to transport water.

You don't want to be caught without water.

We saw many foreigners, unfamiliar with the desert environment or expecting water to be available asking and even begging people for water as they didn't bring their own.

You don't want to be caught in this dry and hot environment without it.

The Kaibab trail and even Bright Angel after a certain point don't provide water.
Look for a headache, possible nausea and dark yellow urine as signs of dehydration.

I guess what I'm trying to say is... same as any outdoor hiking environment, bring water.

The amount of water you bring depends on your fitness level- both in how much you can carry and how much you lose to sweating- your planned route and time out -both time of day and length of excursion- and the time of year- obviously summer will be hot. Each person should have a good supply (a few liters, at least, especially on trails where water isn't provided). Try any local grocery store for the better prices, since the tourist places will have higher pricing.

Stay away from carbonated soft drinks, high-sugar drinks, coffee and alcohol... at least until you get back.

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  • Updated Nov 9, 2010
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