- By kevin
- On Jul 16, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
We talk about the Grand Canyon North Rim travel tips in this paper,visit Grand Canyon from Las Vegas in this Summer with our bus tours.The North Rim is open from mid-May through mid-October each year.During the late-spring-into-early-fall season,visitors can drive into the Park on highway 67 from Jacob Lake,and find visitor services,lodging,park rangers,and dining.The North Rim offers sparser tourism services than the South Rim,but that is precisely why most visitors choose the North Rim over any other area to visit.
The exact dates on which the North Rim opens and closes each year are subject to change with the weather;snow can make Highway 67 impassable,therefore closing the gates and delaying or ending the open season.In general,though,the National Park Service offers North Rim services on this schedule:
October 15—Visitor lodging and food services close
October 16–31—TransCanyon Shuttle offers a limited rim-to-rim shuttle schedule
October 31—Visitor Center and Bookstore close
October 31—Backcountry Permit office closes
November 1–December 1;—Open for day use(no overnight parking)and pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel available.Subject to change if snow makes Highway 67 impassable.
While closed,there is no lodging or services at the North Rim,and visitors are not permitted to drive past the park gates,but winter backpackers hiking rim-to-rim can still access the North Rim via inner-canyon trails from the South Rim.
May 15–October 15,the North Rim is open daily from 8 am–9 pm;October 16–31,open 9 am–4 pm.
Obviously,there's not much of the Grand Canyon to see in the dark hours,but you don't want to miss the opportunity to stand on Bright Angel Point,looking into the Canyon and watching what the dawn's early light does to the deeply layered and textured chasm walls;it's an hour of unparalleled photography opportunity.Likewise at sunset,head out to Cape Royal for the"magic hour,"basking in the orange,pink and purple glow of the setting sun.There are evening park ranger programs and dark-sky star-gazing conditions you're unlikely to experience elsewhere.
During the daylight hours,be sure to take in all the sights,browse the visitor center and bookstore,stroll any of the five Rim trails—Bright Angel Point Trail,Bridle Trail,Transept Trail,Widforss Trail or Arizona Trail—or hike a bit down into the Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail,attend free ranger talks,and grab a bite to eat at the lodge or in one of the three casual food outlets.
Although the North Rim offers fewer services than the South Rim,you'll find essential services you might need like an ATM,laundry and showers,food,general store,post office,chapel and National Park departments.The agenda at the North Rim is free of frenzy,so slow down,make time to sit and rock in the deck chairs at the Lodge,breathe in the pine-scented air and indulge in quiet contemplation.