Self-service gas station - pumps open for credit or debit card use
The following services will close at noon on October 16, 2019:
Grand Canyon Lodge and restaurants - Closed
Campground store, showers and laundromat - Closed
Bookstore in Grand Canyon Visitor Center - Closed
Park Ranger interpretive programs - Closed
Canyon Trail Rides - Closed
Restrooms - Closed – porta potties will be available
From Friday, November 1, through Saturday, November 30, 2019 the North Rim will remain open from dawn to dusk, for day-use only. All North Rim operations will close for the season at 8 am on Sunday, December 1, or earlier, if snow closes State Highway 67. Hikers and cross country skiers will be able to enter the North Rim through the winter months with valid backcountry permits.
In addition to limited food and water options, winter travel conditions of snow, ice or rain may be encountered throughout the park or on Highway 67. Please call the Arizona Highway Information line to check travel conditions at 888-411-7623.
The closest lodging, food services and fuel is located 45 miles north of the North Rim at Jacob Lake. Additional lodging and guest services are available in Fredonia, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah. South Rim facilities remain open year-round. Call 928-638-7888, or visit www.nps.gov/grca/ for additional information.
Lodging and restaurants are open May 15 through Oct. 15.
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.
- The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m. in elevation
- There is one lodge, Grand Canyon Lodge. - and one campground, operated by the NPS.
During winter months, the North Rim closes because of snow.
The hike across the canyon from South Rim to North Rim is 21 miles (34 km). However, driving from the South Rim to the North Rim by automobile requires a 4.5 hour drive of 220 miles (354 km). Driving directions to the North Rim.
The North Rim Visitor Center, located adjacent to the parking lot for Grand Canyon Lodge and Bright Angel Point, provides park and regional information, maps, brochures, exhibits, and a bookstore.
During the season, the Visitor Center is open May 15 through October 15 from 8 am to 6 pm daily. Between October 16 and 31, 2019 - 9 am to 3 pm daily.
Public restrooms and outdoor exhibits are located behind the Visitor Center building.
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.
From the main parking area it is a relatively short, easy walk to Lodge itself. The lodge is wheelchair accessible.
From the lodge the paved, 0.5 mile (0.8 km) round-trip trail leads out the spine of the ridge to Bright Angel Point. This trail is steep in places, with drop-offs and stairs, but provides dramatic views into Roaring Springs and Bright Angel Canyons.
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.
Winter Camping with a Backcountry Permit
North Rim roads are closed to 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.
Note about Snowmobiles: Snowmobiles are not permitted within the park.
Note about the Yurt: The North Rim yurt was removed because of safety issues and is no longer available.
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.