North Rim

a sheer canyon of dark rock in the background, vibrant green pinyon pine trees in foreground
The North Rim may not be as accessible as the South Rim, but the views are just as stunning. Above is a view of Painted Wall from the North Chasm View Trail.

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Rugged, limited services, and ample access to the inner canyon - the North Rim is the quieter, more primitive side of the park.

Getting Here

The North Rim is 11 miles southwest of Crawford, Colorado. From CO Highway 92, turn west on Black Canyon Road approximately 3 miles south of Crawford. Follow the road signs to the park. The last 7 miles are unpaved. The North Rim is closed to vehicles in the winter.


The last 7 miles of the park access road and the entire North Rim Drive road are unpaved gravel. Typically, the roads are in good conditions and passable by most vehicles. In winter, these roads are unplowed and the North Rim is closed to vehicles.


North Rim Ranger Station

The ranger station is open intermittently in the summer and closed in the winter. In the summer, maps and newspapers are available on the ranger station porch. The ranger station also has a self-pay station for the park entrance fee and a self-registration kiosk for wilderness permits.


In the summer months, water fill-up stations are available in the campground and at the ranger station. All of the water on the North Rim is trucked in, so we ask that you use the fill-up stations conservatively and be prepared with your own water. In the Spring, Fall, and Winter, water is not available on the North Rim.

Things to Do


There are 5 overlooks you can visit by car, and more along the hiking trails.


Two longer trails and one short loop trail.

Inner Canyon Use

Intrepid visitors flock to the North Rim for rock climbing and inner canyon scrambling routes.




Last updated: January 10, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

102 Elk Creek
(GPS/physical address = 9800 Highway 347, Montrose, CO)

Gunnison, CO 81230



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