Plan Your Visit
NPS photo by Michael Quinn
Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
California condor courtesy of Steve Mull
A much smaller number of people (10%) see the Canyon from the
North Rim of the park, which lies just 10 miles / 16 km across the canyon from the South Rim, (as the California condor flies) but is a 220 mile/ 354 km drive by car - all the way around the canyon.
NPS photo by Jessica Pope
The North Rim, Averaging 8000 feet/ 2438 m above sea level, rises 1000 feet/ 305 m higher than the South Rim, and because of its remote location, is much less accessible than the South Rim. The North Rim has a short season. Lodging and restaurants are open from May 15 through October 15 each year. ---- North Rim driving directions
On December 1, 2014, with the closing of Highway 67, the North Rim of the park closed for the winter. The North Rim is scheduled to reopen on May 15, 2015. Hikers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim through the winter months, provided backcountry permits have been obtained. Learn more >
NPS photo by Michael Quinn
The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, backpackers, mule riders, or river runners. The inner canyon is a harsh desert environment with little shade and summer temperatures over 100°F. (>38°C) How to prepare for an inner canyon trip.
How Do People Get Across the Canyon?
Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet/ 122 m wide.
There is no longer an airstrip on the North Rim of the park. That means that the North Rim village may only be reached by driving all the way around - or by hiking across the canyon.
Click on the map to download the
Grand Canyon National Park Area Map (83kb PDF File)
Desert View Watchtower is now the Desert View Visitor Center and Bookstore. Winter hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
Trading post/Snack Bar is currently open, with hot tea and coffee, souvenirs, and snacks
General store is open
Desert View Gas Station is open with a credit card only
Desert View Visitor Center (by parking lot) has closed. The building will reopen sometime in the future as the American Indian Cultural Center
The Park's Seasonal Newspapers
Download the 2015 Spring (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 of the park 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.
The North Rim has a short season, so 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)
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