US Southwest National Parks in the Summer

The Southwest region of the United States is home to several breathtaking US National Parks.  When visiting the US Southwest National Parks in the Summer you can enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, scenic drives, and more!

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Summer in the Southwest US is usually hot and dry, with temps reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and low humidity levels. Late summer monsoons can cause flash floods so it’s important to be prepared!

Arizona's Grand Canyon is a popular US National Park any time of year.   It’s especially fun to visit in the summer when the local tourism industry is going full speed.

Grand Canyon Nation Park in Summer

Visiting in the summer can be challenging due to summer heat.  It’s recommended to visit when overcast where it’s much more pleasant, or explore early or late in the day.

Petrified Forest National Park in Summer

You can visit Death Valley in the summer, despite the intense heat, if you spend most of your time in the park inside your air-conditioned vehicle.

Death Valley National Park in Summer

In the summer it’s best to get out early, when it’s still dark outside. Joshua Tree is a world-famous mega center for star gazing and also hosts some of the best sunrises.

Joshua Tree National Park in Summer

Mesa Verde National Park is a stunning archeological heritage site in Montezuma County, Colorado.  It preserves 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people.

Mesa Verde National Park in Summer

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