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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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. Water is not available during spring, fall, and winter.


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


Things to Do

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    Inner Canyon Use

    Exploring the inner canyon from the North Rim is a rewarding experience, but requires skill, experience, and preparation to be successful. The inner canyon is also a designated wilderness area and requires a permit to enter. Climbers and hikers can obtain a permit from the self-registration kiosk outside the ranger station.
    two hikers scrambling down rock ledges with the river below
    North Rim Routes

    Scramble into the canyon on a wilderness route from the North Rim.

    a rock climber clinging to a gray rock wall under a large overhang
    Rock Climbing

    Explore the canyon up close and personal. Learn how to do it safely.




    Last updated: May 16, 2024

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    Mailing Address:

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

    Gunnison, CO 81230



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