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North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to Open May 15 for 2021 Season

Muted sunrise illuminates gold and orange cliffs at Cape Royal on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
A muted sunrise illuminates gold and orange cliffs at Cape Royal on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

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News Release Date: May 5, 2021

Contact: Kaitlyn Thomas, 202-763-3440

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. The gate at the entrance to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Saturday, May 15 at 6:30 a.m. to mark the official opening of the North Rim for the 2021 season. Grand Canyon Lodge and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will also commence their 2021 seasonal operations on this date.

Services provided by the National Park Service, including the campground and the Grand Canyon Conservancy bookstore, will be available starting May 15 at 9 a.m. The Backcountry Information Office will open at 8 a.m. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations, including lodging, groceries, retail, food and beverage services, and the gas station, will also open May 15. There will be no shower or laundry service available this year. The North Rim Hiker Shuttle will also be unavailable.

At the lodge, food and beverage services will be available starting at 5:00am, lodge check-in will begin at 4 p.m., and dinner seating will begin at 4:30 p.m. for those with reservations. Masks will be required indoors and outdoors in any locations where physical distancing cannot be maintained.The last day of the 2021 season for most commercial services will be October 15, 2021.

The National Park Service will continue its operations including the Backcountry Information Office and campground through October 31. November 1 through December 1, the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date.

Overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made by contacting Forever Resorts at 877- 386-4383 or by visiting their website at For reservations from outside of the United States, please call 480-337-1320. Reservations for the North Rim Campground (May 15-October 31) must be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online at For information on Grand Canyon Trail Rides, please call 435-679-8665 or visit their website at

Last updated: May 6, 2021

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