If, as Jonathan Lockwood Huie famously observed, “there is sanctuary in being alone with nature”, then there is little doubt he would gravitate to Grand Canyon National Park’s developed North Rim after the traditional closing date of October 15. Though lodging, meals and most other services are mothballed until mid-May, the park will remain open until November 29 (or until snow accumulation renders Highway 67 impassable).
First-come-first-served camping and pay-at-the-pump gas are the only amenities awaiting the hardy few that make the journey. It’s a magical window of time to visit the command overlooks and tree-lined trails of the “other” rim, especially if you’re the type that prefers to go it alone. As a precaution, be sure to bring extra gas, a spare tire (or two), and other emergency provisions. And as always, be sure to leave this “sanctuary” the way you find it.