- By Kevin
- On Jun 15, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
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.
Even in good weather the North Rim is harder to get to. It is 220 miles (354 km) by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles (34 km) by foot across the canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails.
There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy persons to backpack, camp, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. River trips can last anywhere from several days to three weeks. There are no one-day river trips through the length of Grand Canyon.
With so many of us participating in a wide range of trail activities, it really helps when we are considerate of each other. Trail Courtesy Guidelines help protect Grand Canyon's plants, animals and history, and enhance everyone's experience.
There is only one way to cross the Colorado River by automobile, and that is 137 miles / 231 km from the South Rim Village (at Marble Canyon, AZ) via the Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet/ 122 m wide.
There is no longer an airstrip on the North Rim of the park. That means that the North Rim village may only be reached by driving all the way around - or by hiking across the canyon.
It is a 21 mile/ 34 km hike to go "Rim To Rim," with a vertical descent - followed by a climb - of 1 mile/ 1.6 km. This is an overnight hiking trip for 95% of individuals, and most people really shouldn't attempt it during the hot summer months, when high temperatures often average over 100 F. (38 C)
The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, backpackers, mule riders, or river runners. The inner canyon is a harsh desert environment with little shade and summer temperatures over 100°F. (>38°C)