Grand Canyon National Park
The North Rim

image

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is over 200 miles from the South Rim if you travel using a land vehicle like a car or RV. If you were to take the laborious hike from the North Rim to the South Rim the distance would only be approximately 21 miles but it might take you 2 or 3 days to get there. Like the South Rim, the North Rim is teaming with activities such as hiking, bicycling and rafting. There are also free activities to enjoy on the North Rim and most of these are sponsored by the National Park Service.
The North Rim in the Grand Canyon National Park also provides inside the park camping at a National Park Service Campground and other commercial camping sites outside of the park. Unlike the South Rim the North Rim does not provide shuttle service around the park although there is the Transcanyon Shuttle that travels from the South Rim.

Traveling to the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Driving to the North Rim is a wonderfully scenic journey through aspen and evergreen forests. At an elevation between 8200 and 9000 feet you will travel through mountain meadows and see deer and other wildlife along the way. Take Highway 89A to Jacob Lake and Turn South on Highway 67. You will then travel about 45 miles across the Kaibab Plateau on a two lane road that will take you to the North Rim. The road to the North Rim usually opens in Mid May depending on the weather and stays open until the snow is heavy during the month of November.

The Grand Canyon National Park North Rim Visitor Center

As with any trip around the Grand Canyon National Park, it is always helpful to stop by the Visitor Center. The North Rim Visitor center is open from 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM from the middle of May until sometime in November. Once you get to the Visitor Center talk with the Rangers about the free activities offered at the North Rim. You will also have access to maps and other information that will help you plan your visit to the North Rim.

Weather at the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

When you visit the North Rim prepare yourself for unpredictable weather. In the summer the heat can be very intense, and summer thunderstorms should be expected. This means visitors should bring some rain gear and summer accessories like hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, water and appropriate clothing. If you are averse to the heat then a good time to visit the North Rim in the Spring or the Fall, although you may encounter more rain during these times the temperatures are much cooler than the middle of summer.

More Destinations and Activities
at the North Rim

Free Activities at the Grand Canyon North Rim
Camping at the Grand Canyon North Rim
Lodging at the Grand Canyon North Rim
Hiking Trails on the Grand Canyon North Rim

 

 

 


back to slide show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to slide show

 

 

 

 

Top Destinations

Flagstaff Arizona

Flagstaff is an attractive city that serves as the recreational center of Northern Arizona.....

Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix is the capital and largest city in Arizona .....

Tucson Arizona

Surrounded by saguaro forests and mountain peaks, Tucson is a thriving city........

Sedona Arizona

Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone......

Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale is located in Maricopa County, Arizona approximately 18 miles. ......

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon has over 5 million visitors each year......

Monument Valley

Monument Valley was created from the ancestral Rocky Mountains ....

Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City is home to the famed London Bridge as well as a spring break.......

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is a paradise for boating, houseboating, waterskiing, fishing etc ....

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the USA. It is located on the Colorado River .....

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is Divided into two regions ,Saguaro East and Saguaro West.....

The Petrified Forest

Formation of the petrified trees began when volcanic eruptions toppled trees in a lush forest.......

The Colorado River

The Colorado River supplies water to seven states......

Arizona State Parks

State trails, Park Fees,Permits, and access to much more info......

The Grand Canyon Sky Walk

Among our many site seeing adventures, the Grand Canyon Skywalk has been on our list .......

Grand Canyon Bus Tours

The Grand Canyon Bus Tours listed below are offered by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. This is the largest operator of park based enterprises........

Grand Canyon Air Tours

Viewing the Grand Canyon from the ground is a fabulous experience but if you’re looking for a broader view that provides a unique aerial perspective ........

The Phoenix Zoo

Find out about all the exciting events at the Phoenix Zoo. From Rock The Zoo to ZooLights, there is always something to do, no matter what season ......

Arizona County Map

See all of Arizonas counties from the Mohave to the Cochise ......

Arizona Department of Transportation

Find Airlines,Ferries,Railways and other transit info......