December 1, 2015
Emily Davis, 928-638-7609
Grand Canyon, Ariz. –The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed State Route 67 between Jacob Lake and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim is now closed to vehicle traffic for the winter. State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim are expected to re-open for the 2016 season on Sunday May 15, 2016.
The North Rim campground and yurt will still be available for winter camping and are 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. Backcountry permits for North Rim winter camping are also available at Pipe Springs National Monument west of Fredonia, Arizona and at the Bureau of Land Management Interagency Visitor Center in St. George, Utah.
For additional information on North Rim winter camping, please call the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875 weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm MST or visit the park's backcountry web page 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.