SEASON OPENING FOR NORTH RIM MAY 15
Contact: Robin Tellis, 928-638-7739
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Grand Canyon, AZ – The Arizona Department of Transportation will open Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Friday, May 15 by 7:00 a.m. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will also commence their season operations on May 15, continuing through noon on October 16, 2009. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, camper services, food services, groceries and a service station. All concessions facilities will open at 10:00 a.m. with the exception of the dining room which will open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Lodge check-in will commence at 4:00 p.m.
All services provided by the National Park Service including the Visitor Center, Grand Canyon Association bookstore, backcountry permit reservations, and campground will be available on May 15th at 8:00 a.m. The first evening program offered by the National Park Service will be on May 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. The first scheduled daily program, on the California condor, will be on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 4:00 p.m. All ranger programs will be listed in “The Guide” (the North Rim: 2009 Season), a free publication distributed at the North Entrance Station, North Rim Visitor Center and other contact stations in the park.
The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Permits Office through November 30, unless snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park prior to that date. From October 16 until closure, these facilities will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Regularly scheduled ranger-led programs, as advertised in “The Guide”, will be offered through October 15. Starting October 16, campsites with limited services, such as portable toilets, will be available for a $12 fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Forever Resorts will also keep their gift shop and gas station open during the shoulder season. Gift shop hours are expected to be from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and the gas pumps will be available seven days a week, 24-hours a day.
Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made by contacting Forever Resorts at (877) 386-4383 or by visiting their website at http://www.grandcanyonforever.com(choose the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim tab and navigate to on-line reservations). For advance reservations from outside of the United States, please call (480) 998-1981. Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground must be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov.
For information on Grand Canyon Trail Rides please call (435) 679-8665 or visit their website at http://www.canyonrides.com.
The North Rim lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau at approximately 8,500 feet in elevation, and offers spectacular canyon views. It is approximately a 215-mile drive from the South Rim. Points of interest include: Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Point Sublime, North Kaibab Trail, and Bright Angel Point.
For a copy of the park’s free Trip Planner please call 928-638-7888 or write, Trip Planner, Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. The Trip Planner is also available on the Internet at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload/2009TripPlanner.pdf. “The Guide” for the North Rim will be available on-line by May 15 at http://www.nps.gov/grca.
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Did You Know?
Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.