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Contact: Lily Daniels, 928-638-7958Grand Canyon, AZ (Updated Wednesday November 27, 6:30 pm)
In advance of a winter storm expected to arrive on Thursday, November 28, several roads are being closed.
On the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park will close State Route 64, Desert View Drive, between Grand Canyon Village and Desert View. at 7 pm (MST), Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Desert View Drive will remain closed until further notice. This road is also known as East Rim Drive. As of this update, both the East and South Entrances to the park will remain open during the storm.
Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) took precautionary measures by closing State Route (SR) 67, the 43-mile highway, between Jacob Lake, and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Nov. 26.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area in effect from Thursday afternoon until Friday evening for elevations above 4,500 feet. They've forecast 8 to 12 inches at the South Rim and 15 to 21 inches on the North Rim.
Visitors can still access Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim via the South Entrance Station from SR 64. Updated road conditions are available by calling 511 or visiting ADOT's Arizona Traveler Information Site at: www.az511.com
The North Rim is closed annually to vehicle traffic between Dec. 1 and May 15, or prior to December due to weather conditions. ADOT closes and doesn't clear snow from SR 67 during the winter. All North Rim visitor service operations and SR 67 are expected to re-open on May 15, 2020.
The North Rim campground will still be available for winter camping and is accessible via inner canyon trails from the South Rim, or by hiking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing 45 miles from Jacob Lake. To camp at the North Rim during the winter months, visitors need a backcountry permit, which can be obtained from the South Rim's Backcountry Information Center. Permit requests can be faxed year-round to 928-638-2125.
For additional information on North Rim winter camping, please call the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (MST) or visit the park's backcountry webpage at https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.
The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is open year-round. Additional park information can be obtained by calling 928-638-7888 or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/grca.
Last updated: November 27, 2019