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North Rim Day-Use Operations Begin on October 16

The Cape Royal Road lined with yellow aspen trees following a fall snowstorm that has left snow on the roadway
The Cape Royal Road following a fall snowstorm

NPS Photo/L. Cisneros

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News Release Date: October 5, 2022

Contact: Joëlle Baird, 928-606-3154

Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim will transition to day-use operations on Sunday, October 16, 2022. At that time, the Grand Canyon Lodge and North Rim campground will close, and limited services will be available to visitors.

The entrance gate on State Route 67, which provides vehicle access to the North Rim, will be closed at 5 p.m. on November 30, 2022, or after the first major snowstorm if prior to that date. Visitors exploring the North Rim on, or after, October 16, should be self-sufficient and bring enough food and water for the day. On October 18-19 the Cape Royal Road leading to Cape Royal and Point Imperial will be closed to the public due to annual road maintenance.  

The following services will remain operational:

  • The self-serve gas station, including diesel, will be available. Credit and debit cards only.

  • After October 31, water will only be available at the North Rim Backcountry Information Center at the North Rim Administration Building.

  • The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will close for the season on November 1, 2022.

  • Restrooms will be available at the North Rim Administration Building, North Kaibab Trailhead, and North Rim Hiker-Biker Campsites year-round. Additional restrooms will be available as weather, conditions and staffing permit.

All visitors traveling to the North Rim between now and November 30 should be prepared for winter driving conditions on State Route 67 and throughout the park. Snow, ice and rain are common during this time of year. Please call Arizona Highway Information to check road conditions: 1-888-411-ROAD (7623). Nearby, year-round lodging, food services and fuel are located 45 miles north of the North Rim at Jacob Lake. Additional lodging and guest services are available in Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT.

Please visit the park website at: https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/north-rim.htm for more information on travel planning to the North Rim.

-NPS-



Last updated: October 30, 2022

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