Grand Canyon North Rim making annual transition to day-use operations

Oct 11, 2022, 4:05 AM

The Grand Canyon Lodge stands along the North Rim. (National Park Service Photo)...

The Grand Canyon Lodge stands along the North Rim. (National Park Service Photo)

(National Park Service Photo)

PHOENIX – With winter weather on the way, the main visitor season at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is winding down for the year.

The Grand Canyon Lodge and North Rim campground will shut down on Sunday as the far side of the canyon makes its annual transition to day-use operations.

After Saturday, North Rim visitors will have to carry enough food and water to sustain themselves for the day.

The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will stay open and have water available until the end of October.

The scenic road that leads to Cape Royal and Point Imperial will be closed Oct. 18-19 for annual road maintenance.

The park entrance gate on State Route 67 is scheduled to close for the season at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30, but it could close sooner if a major snowstorm hits the area.

The self-service gas station near the campground will be available for credit card purchases while the North Rim is open for day use, until Nov. 30 or a snow closure.

Until the North Rim closes for the season, visitors should be prepared to encounter winter driving conditions.

Backpackers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers can use North Rim campground during the winter season if they obtain a backcountry use permit in advance, the closest parking is 45 miles away at Jacob Lake.

Full North Rim operations will resume May 15, 2023.

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Grand Canyon North Rim making annual transition to day-use operations