North Rim Begins Transition to Day Use on October 16, 2021
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, public health measures are in place including capacity limits, temporary closures, and modified operations.
A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or "other side" of Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors.
North Rim Visitor Center
Located adjacent to the parking lot for Grand Canyon Lodge and Bright Angel Point, this building is currently a Grand Canyon Conservancy shop/bookstore. 8 am to 6 pm daily.
Bright Angel Point
For classic North Rim views, start at the Grand Canyon Lodge patio, then walk the paved trail out to Bright Angel Point.
Additional North Rim Services
The facilities listed below are open from May 15th through October 15th.
The North Rim Chevron Service Station is located on the entrance road into the Campground. Gasoline and diesel fuel is available within the park. 24 hour pay at the pump.
Very minor auto repairs are available at the Chevron Service Station inside the park.
Guest Laundry and Showers (Coin Operated)
Located on the access road leading to the North Rim Campground. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Located in the Grand Canyon Lodge complex. Window service open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Emergency services are provided by park rangers on duty. Dial 911 from any pay phone, dial 9-911 from your cabin/motel room.
Lost and Found
For information about lost and found property contact the visitor center information desk or the Grand Canyon Lodge front desk, or email: email@example.com Mail: Lost and Found, North Rim Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, Arizona 86052
Book and Gift Shops
Camping, hiking, and backpacking equipment may be purchased at the Camper Store at the entrance to the North Rim Campground. 7 am to 8 pm.
North Rim Mule Trips
Visit Grand Canyon Trail Rides' website or call 435-679-8665 for more information and to book a trip. Trail rides are offered between May 15 and October 15.
Religious services are offered on the North Rim of the park. The National Park Service does not endorse any group or message. See the bulletin board in the lodge for the schedule of services.
North Rim Scenic Drive
Point Imperial and Cape Royal are reached via a winding scenic drive. The trip to both points, with short walks at each and several stops at pullouts along the way, can easily take half a day.
Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters), overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. Here the canyon transforms as the narrow walls of Marble Canyon, visible only as a winding gash, open dramatically to become "grand." Layers of red and black Precambrian rocks, not visible at Bright Angel Point, add contrast and color. Part of the viewpoint is accessible.
Cape Royal provides a panorama up, down, and across the canyon. With seemingly unlimited vistas to the east and west, it is popular for both sunrise and sunset. The sweeping turn of the Colorado River at Unkar Delta is framed through the natural arch of Angels Window. Look for the Desert View Watchtower across the canyon on the South Rim. This popular viewpoint is accessible via a paved, level trail.
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There is something about the North Rim of Grand Canyon that invokes a sense of solitude and serenity. This is a place that invites you to slow down, to ponder, to feel your own innate creativity, and to fall in love with landscape.
Winter Camping with a Backcountry PermitNorth Rim roads are closed to all vehicles between December 1st and May 15th, and no visitor services are available. During these winter months backpackers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers are permitted to use the North Rim Campground, provided a backcountry use permit has been obtained in advance. – These permits are available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center. (e-mail us or call 928-638-7875)
The closest place to park during this time is Jacob Lake. The hike through the snow from Jacob Lake to the North Rim Campground is around 45 miles. Hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers will need to remain off the closed road (per Superintendent's Compendium re: safety from snowplows) and forge a path through the snow.
Last updated: October 15, 2021