North Rim Backcountry Information Center

A brown building with a green roof
Stop by for information, backcountry permits, and a year-round water bottle filling station.


Quick Facts
North Rim
Backcountry Information and Permits

Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Information, Information - Maps Available, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Permits Issued, Restroom, Toilet - Flush, Water - Bottle-Filling Station, Water - Drinking/Potable, Wheelchair Accessible

Hours of Operation


Located in the Administrative area of the North Rim's developed area, the Backcountry Information Center Office is open daily to assist backcountry hikers. Look for signs along State Route 67, just south of the North Kaibab Trailhead, and just beyond the top of the hill.   

  • The Backcountry Information Office provides information, permits, and trip planning assistance for those looking to explore Grand Canyon on day and overnight hikes from the canyon's northern rim. Day hikes do not require permits, but any overnight trip into the backcountry, whether below the rim or above, require a permit. You can also try for a day-of permit in person here.
  • Water is available here, year round, even after the North Rim visitor services have closed for the season. 

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: January 11, 2024