How Do I Travel to the North Rim ?
Visitor lodging and food services are open May 15th through mid-October
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Visitor lodging and food services inside the National Park on the North Rim are open from mid-May to mid-October. The road from Jacob Lake to the North Rim (Highway 67) is usually closed from mid-October to mid-May. During some years, however, there may be a short period when the North Rim is open - with limited services - for day use only. Read about off-season visits...
Approximate Driving Distances and Directions
to the NORTH RIM, Grand Canyon National Park, from:
(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.)
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
North Rim Guide (letter-size)
(Prints on 8.5 x 11" paper 3 MB PDF File)
North Rim Guide (tabloid size)
(Prints on 11 x 17" paper 2.5 MB PDF File)
The 2013 season edition of the North Rim Guide contains the maps, schedules and information needed to plan your visit.
North Rim lodging and camping along with most other visitor services within the park are open from mid-May to mid-October. It is best to reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible.
Download the maps/trail guide as one large page 22.5 x 17"
(660 kb PDF file)
More about off-season visits to the North Rim
Highway 67 into the North Rim may remain open to public travel through November 27, but Highway 67 could close for the season on short notice due to major storms and heavy snowfall.
Between October 16 and May 14, No lodging or food service is available in the park.
Once the Arizona Department of Transportation closes Highway 67 south of Jacob Lake to vehicle traffic for the winter season, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park also closes to vehicle traffic. The gate at Jacob Lake is closed and locked and the gate at the North Rim entrance station is closed and locked.
During the winter period when the North Rim entrance station gate is closed, the only public access into the national park is on foot, skies, or snowshoes. Private snowmobiles are not allowed inside Grand Canyon National Park. Hikers and cross-country skiers are permitted to use the park's group campsites throughout the winter months if they have obtained a permit through the park's Backcountry Information Center.
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.