Visitation is waning, the elk are bugling, the jays are flocking, and nighttime temps flirt with the deep freeze. It must be fall at Grand Canyon National Park!
As we locals bid farewell to the summer crowds, and slip into the holiday season, the race is on to get one (or two) more backcountry trips under the belt before the snow flies. This window is closing particularly fast on the North Rim as the National Park Service, and assorted enterprises that provide visitor services, make final preparations for the annual winter shut down. Just a few more weeks remain to sample the loftier rim.
In typical fashion the North Rim will go out with a visual bang as the aspen leaves go from green to gold, heralding the long cold nights and heavy snows that won’t be far behind.