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The North Rim of the park has closed for the winter.

Lodging and Food Service is Available May 15 through October 15

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The entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park NORTH RIM is located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67; the actual rim of the canyon is an additional 14 miles south. Jacob Lake, AZ is located in northern Arizona on Highway 89A, not far from the Utah border. Grand Canyon lies entirely within the state of Arizona.

  • Commercial airlines serve Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. There is also regularly scheduled air service into the St. George, UT Airport from Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. (St. George, UT is 156 miles/ 251 km to the west of the North Rim)

  • On demand shuttle service between Flagstaff/Sedona/Williams and Grand Canyon National Park and between the North and South Rims is provided by Grand Canyon Shuttle Service (888) 215-3105. Call for prices and schedules.

  • The Grand Canyon Shuttle is no longer in business.

  • The Trans Canyon Shuttle (928-638-2820) runs between the north and south rims of the park once each day, in each direction, between May 15th and October 15, with a limited schedule between October 16 and October 31.The travel time is about 4 1/2 hours each way. Reservations required.
 
Grand Canyon National Park and Vicinity Map
Grand Canyon National Park and Vicinity Map
 


Approximate Driving Distances and Directions

to the NORTH RIM, Grand Canyon National Park, from:

From South Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ - 212 miles / 341 kilometers
Take Highway 64 east to Cameron, AZ.
From Cameron, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ.
From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

US 89T south of Page, AZ is fully open
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From Flagstaff, AZ - 207 miles / 333 kilometers - there are three ways to go:
Take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ
From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Phoenix, AZ - 351 miles / 565 kilometers
Take I-17 north to Flagstaff, AZ.
In Flagstaff take I-40 east to Highway 89
From Flagstaff. take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ .
From Bitter Springs, AZ, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Sedona, AZ - 236 miles / 380 kilometers
Take Highway 89Alt to Flagstaff, AZ
In Flagstaff, take I-40 east to Highway 89.
From Flagstaff, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ.
From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Williams, AZ - 242 miles / 389 kilometers
Take I-40 east to Flagstaff, AZ
From Flagstaff, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ
From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Las Vegas, NV - 275 miles/ 443 kilometers
Drive north on I-15 for 128 miles/ 206 km, just past St. George, UT to Rt 9.
Drive east on Rt 9 for 10 miles/ 16 km to Rt 59.
Continue east on Rt 59 for 32 miles/ 51 km. (At the Utah/Arizona state line, the highway changes to Rt 389.
Continue east on Rt 389 for 33 miles/ 53 km to the junction with US 89a.
Continue east on US 89a for 30/ miles 48 km. to the junction with Rt 67.
Drive south on Rt 67 for 43 miles/ 70 km directly to the North Rim.

From Los Angeles, CA - 500+ miles / 805+ kilometers
From the junction of I-10 and I-15, drive north on I-15 for 352 miles / 556 km, just past St. George, UT to Rt 9.
Drive east on Rt 9 for 10 miles/ 16 km to Rt 59.
Continue east on Rt 59 for 32 miles/ 51 km. (At the Utah/Arizona state line, the highway changes to Rt 389.
Continue east on Rt 389 for 33 miles/ 53 km to the junction with US 89a.
Continue east on US 89a for 30/ miles 48 km. to the junction with Rt 67.
Drive south on Rt 67 for 43 miles/ 70 km directly to the North Rim.

From Salt Lake City, UT - 392 miles / 631 kilometers
Take I-15 south to Cedar City, UT.
From Cedar City, take Highway 14 east to Highway 89.
Take Highway 89 south to Kanab, UT.
From Kanab, take Highway 89Alt south to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Denver, CO - 690 miles / 1110 kilometers
Take I-70 west to Sevier, UT.
From Sevier, take Highway 89 south to Kanab, UT.
From Kanab, take Highway 89Alt south to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Albuquerque, NM - 467 miles / 751 kilometers
Take I-40 west to Flagstaff, AZ.
From Flagstaff, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ.
From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

(Note: The directions on this page do not represent the only route you can use to get to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Depending on where you start and the route you wish to take, you may find that using other roads will suit your travel plans better.)

 

Road Conditions

Listed below are commercial phone numbers for recorded messages on road conditions and links to state highway websites:

 

Download the Park Newspaper for the North Rim of Grand Canyon
 
front cover of 2014 North Rim Guide

Park  Newspaper

Download the 2014 Season (English)
May 15 through October 15, 2014.

North Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" pape 1.7 MB PDF File)

North Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 2.5 MB PDF File)

Even though the North Rim has closed for the winter, the 2014 edition of the North Rim Guide contains the maps, schedules and information needed to plan your visit in 2015. It is best to reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible.

Download Maps and Trail Guide as one large page 22.5 x 17" (700 kb PDF)

 

The North Rim has a Short Season

Is harder to get to, and is more wild and secluded.

  • North Rim restaurants, lodging and store are open from May 15 through October 15.

  • Reservations are strongly recommended.
    North Rim Lodging reservations. -- North Rim Campground reservations. -- Driving Directions
    Additional facilities are available in the surrounding Kaibab National Forest, the Kaibab Lodge area, and Jacob Lake.

  • The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m. in elevation.
    Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.

  • 2014 Off-season visits to the North Rim :
    Grand Canyon Lodge closed for the season on October 16, 2014, The North Rim Visitor Center closed on October 20, 2014.

    Between October 16 and October 31, 2014, the North Rim Backcountry Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. First come first served campsites at the North Rim Campground are $18 per night and are available by walk-up reservation through October 31. Visitor entrance and campground fees will be collected through October 31. The Cape Royal Road will remain open until October 31.

    Starting November 1 through December 1, 2014, or until snow closes Highway 67, the park will remain open for day use. Self-service gas will be available and visitors will have access to Point Imperial and Bright Angel Point, as well as the North Kaibab Trailhead. Inner Canyon users with a valid backcountry permit will be allowed to park overnight at the North Kaibab Trailhead. A limited number of campsites, at the North Rim Campground will be available to hikers with an advanced permit issued through the Backcountry Information Center.

    No overnight parking or car camping will be allowed. A backcountry permit is required and will be available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center and the Visitor Center at Pipe Springs National Monument in Fredonia, AZ. The South Rim Backcountry Information Center is open year-round and can be reached by calling (928) 638-7875.

    The North Rim will close for the season at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014. Hikers and cross country skiers will still be able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months, providing backcountry permits have been obtained. Personal snowmobiles are not permitted inside the park.
 

 

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