How Do I Travel to the North Rim?

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The North Rim has a short season: lodging/ food service is available May 15 through October 15

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The entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park NORTH RIM is located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67; the actual rim of the canyon is an additional 14 miles south. Jacob Lake, AZ is located in northern Arizona on Highway 89A, not far from the Utah border. Grand Canyon lies entirely within the state of Arizona.

  • Commercial airlines serve Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. There is also regularly scheduled air service into the St. George, UT Airport from Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. (St. George, UT is 156 miles/ 251 km to the west of the North Rim)

  • On demand shuttle service between Flagstaff/Sedona/Williams and Grand Canyon National Park and between the North and South Rims is provided by Grand Canyon Shuttle Service (888) 215-3105. Call for prices and schedules.

  • The Grand Canyon Shuttle is no longer in business.

  • The Trans Canyon Shuttle (928-638-2820) runs between the north and south rims of the park once each day, in each direction, between May 15th and October 15, with a limited schedule between October 16 and October 31.The travel time is about 4 1/2 hours each way. Reservations required.
 
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Approximate Driving Distances and Directions to the NORTH RIM, Grand Canyon from:

From South Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ - 212 miles / 341 kilometers

  • Take Highway 64 east to Cameron, AZ.
  • From Cameron, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ.
  • From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Flagstaff, AZ- 207 miles / 333 kilometers

  • Take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ
  • From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Phoenix, AZ- 351 miles / 565 kilometers

  • Take I-17 north to Flagstaff, AZ.
  • In Flagstaff take I-40 east to Highway 89
  • From Flagstaff. take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ .
  • From Bitter Springs, AZ, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Sedona, AZ - 236 miles / 380 kilometers

  • Take Highway 89Alt to Flagstaff, AZ
  • In Flagstaff, take I-40 east to Highway 89.
  • From Flagstaff, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ.
  • From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Williams, AZ - 242 miles / 389 kilometers

  • Take I-40 east to Flagstaff, AZ
  • From Flagstaff, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ
  • From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Las Vegas, NV - 275 miles/ 443 kilometers

  • Drive north on I-15 for 128 miles/ 206 km, just past St. George, UT to Rt 9.
  • Drive east on Rt 9 for 10 miles/ 16 km to Rt 59.
  • Continue east on Rt 59 for 32 miles/ 51 km. (At the Utah/Arizona state line, the highway changes to Rt 389.
  • Continue east on Rt 389 for 33 miles/ 53 km to the junction with US 89a.
  • Continue east on US 89a for 30/ miles 48 km. to the junction with Rt 67.
  • Drive south on Rt 67 for 43 miles/ 70 km directly to the North Rim.

From Los Angeles, CA - 500+ miles / 805+ kilometers

  • From the junction of I-10 and I-15, drive north on I-15 for 352 miles / 556 km, just past St. George, UT to Rt 9.
  • Drive east on Rt 9 for 10 miles/ 16 km to Rt 59.
  • Continue east on Rt 59 for 32 miles/ 51 km. (At the Utah/Arizona state line, the highway changes to Rt 389.
  • Continue east on Rt 389 for 33 miles/ 53 km to the junction with US 89a.
  • Continue east on US 89a for 30/ miles 48 km. to the junction with Rt 67.
  • Drive south on Rt 67 for 43 miles/ 70 km directly to the North Rim.

From Salt Lake City, UT - 392 miles / 631 kilometers

  • Take I-15 south to Cedar City, UT.
  • From Cedar City, take Highway 14 east to Highway 89.
  • Take Highway 89 south to Kanab, UT.
  • From Kanab, take Highway 89Alt south to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Denver, CO - 690 miles / 1110 kilometers

  • Take I-70 west to Sevier, UT.
  • From Sevier, take Highway 89 south to Kanab, UT.
  • From Kanab, take Highway 89Alt south to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

From Albuquerque, NM - 467 miles / 751 kilometers

  • Take I-40 west to Flagstaff, AZ.
  • From Flagstaff, take Highway 89 north to Bitter Springs, AZ.
  • From Bitter Springs, take Highway 89Alt west to Jacob Lake, AZ.
  • From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim.

(Note: The directions on this page do not represent the only route you can use to get to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Depending on where you start and the route you wish to take, you may find that using other roads will suit your travel plans better.)

 

Regional Road Conditions
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The North Rim has a short season (May 15 through October 15)

The North Rim Is harder to get to, and is more wild and secluded.

  • North Rim restaurants, lodging and store are open from May 15 through October 15, 2015.

  • Reservations are strongly recommended.
    North Rim Lodging reservations. -- North Rim Campground reservations. -- Driving Directions
    Additional facilities are available in the surrounding Kaibab National Forest, the Kaibab Lodge area, and Jacob Lake.

  • The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m. in elevation.
    Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. Walking at this elevation can be strenuous.

  • Winter visits to the North Rim :
    There is a day use period - with limited services - beginning after the lodge closes on October 15 and lasting until December 1st, or when snow closes highway 67, whichever happens first. For more details, read this year's news release: North Rim "Shoulder Season" Day Use 2015

    Even though it is not possible to drive vehicles to the North Rim during the winter, hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months, provided backcountry permits have been obtained. Personal snowmobiles are not permitted inside the park. The North Rim reopens on May 15 of every year.

 

North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide
As of December 1, 2015
, Grand Canyon National Park discontinued the Grand Canyon Guide newspaper. In place of the newspaper, the North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide is now being distributed at entrance stations, visitor centers, lodges, campgrounds, stores, and out-of-park locations. Download it here..
 
 
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Front and back sides of the North Rim Pocket Map and Services Guide. Click on the image to download as an accessible PDF file (2.2 MB)
 

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Phone:

(928) 638-7888
This is the main phone number for general park questions.

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