The aspens are golden and the maples are red. It is once again that time of year; Grand Canyon’s North Rim season is winding down.
Although you will be able to still drive to the beautiful, more remote northern edge of Grand Canyon, its visitor services will be ramping down at noon on October 16th.
The following is a list of the services that will close this Wednesday at noon:
- Grand Canyon Lodge and restaurants
- Shower and laundry facilities
- Campground store
- Park ranger programming
- Canyon Trail Rides
- North Rim Visitor Center bookstore
- Restrooms (closed, but port-a-potties will be available)
The following will remain open through the end of October (please note of some caveats):
- Bright Angel Point Road
- North Rim Visitor Center
- Scenic drive (unless closed by weather)
- North Rim Administration Building (with water available)
- Campground (with restrooms and water available)
- Grand Canyon Lodge Gift Shop (with limited grab-and-go food options)
- Self-serve gas station (open for credit or debit card use pending park conditions)
The weather can be very unpredictable this time late in the season with the possibility of winter travel conditions in the park or along Highway 67 driving in. Be prepared and check with the Arizona Highway Information line at 1-(888)-411-7623 or online at https://az511.com/ for the latest information.
If you are planning on staying at the campground before the end of the month, reservations are still recommended. You can reserve your campsite through Recreation.gov or by calling 1-(877)-444-6777.
Park rangers will be on the North Rim intermittently staffing the campground, entrance station and visitor center. Emergency and law enforcement services will remain available. The Backcountry Information Center is open every day until Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m.
It is a lovely time of year to visit the North Rim for those properly prepared. No crowds, crisp weather, and gorgeous colors. It is a wonderful way to enjoy a genuine old-fashioned national park experience!