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Grand Canyon North Rim open for day use until December 1
The North Rim will remain open to visitors for day use until December 1 or until snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park. Self-service gas and diesel fuel will also be available in the park through December 1 or until the highway closes due to weather.
First-come, first-serve campsites at the North Rim Campground are available by walk-up reservations through October 31. The campsites are $18 per night.
Visitor entrance and campground fees will be collected through October 31.
Important dates to know:
•October 15: The final day for mule rides at the North Rim and the final day for ranger-led programs.
•October 16: Forever Resorts closing the Lodge after serving breakfast ending at 10 a.m. and the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake will close.
•October 20: Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor Center will close for the season
•October 21: Kaibab Lodge (located four miles north of the park boundary) closes.
•October 16-31: Backcountry Office will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•November 1: North Rim Country Store closing at noon (if not closed earlier due to weather). It is located four miles north of the park boundary across from the Kaibab Lodge.
•November 1-December 1: The park will remain open for day use (or until snow closes Hwy 67). Self-service gas will be available and visitors will have access to Point Imperial and Bright Angel Point, as well as the North Kaibab Trailhead.
Inner Canyon users with a valid backcountry permit will be allowed to park overnight at the North Kaibab Trailhead. A limited number of campsites at the North Rim Campground will be available to hikers with an advanced reservation. No overnight parking or car camping will be allowed.
A backcountry permit is required and will be available through the Pipe Spring National Monument in Fredonia (928) 643-7105 or the South Rim Backcountry Information Center (928) 638-7875.
•December 1: The North Rim will close for the season at 8 a.m. Hikers and cross-country skiers will still be able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months, providing backcountry permits have been obtained to enter the canyon or stay overnight at the North Rim Campground. However, if a hiker or cross-country skier stays on the rim and doesn’t go into the actual canyon, and they are not staying overnight, a permit is not required.
Jacob Lake Inn, restaurant and gas station located 45 miles from the North Rim, remains open year-round. The cabins are closed for the winter starting November 6, but the motel remains available through the winter. As a reminder, Highway 89A remains open year-round.
Arizona Department of Transportation officials will try and keep Highway 67 open through December 1, but a major storm with heavy snowfall could close the road earlier. After October 15, visitors should be prepared for winter driving and travel conditions and are encouraged to call Arizona Highway information at (888) 411-7623 in advance of their trip to check on the status of Highway 67.
For additional trip planning, visit Kane County Visitor Center at 78 S. 100 E. in Kanab or visit www.nps.gov/grca. The park’s main line is (928) 638-7888.