Many of the standard tourist shots of the Grand Canyon would lead you to believe that there was always beautiful weather and the sun was always shining. In fact, the Grand Canyon Rims are at a very high altitude. The average elevation of the South Rim is about 6800 feet or 2,072 meters. The North Rim is much higher at over 8000 feet or 2438 meters. The weather can change from hour to hour and the light can change from minute to minute. You get an entirely different impression of the Canyon when there are thick clouds.