Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim Activities

The North Rim offers spectacular scenery on the cool, moist Kaibab Plateau. Warm-weather activities include hiking, camping, sightseeing, photography, wildlife observation, pack tours, ranger programs and picnicking. 

Highway 67 into the North Rim opens mid-May and closes with the first significant snowfall in November or December. Facilities are open from mid-May to mid-October.

The North Rim offers spectacular scenery on the cool, moist Kaibab Plateau. Warm-weather activities include hiking, camping, sightseeing, photography, wildlife observation, pack tours, ranger programs and picnicking.

Highway 67 into the North Rim opens mid-May and closes with the first significant snowfall in November or December. Facilities are open from mid-May to mid-October.

Camping: Camping is per-mitted only in designated campgrounds. Pets must be leashed. Make advance reservations by calling (800) 365-CAMP (2267) or visit www.recreation.gov. The North Rim Campground has 83 sites and can accommodate all campers from walk-ins to camper trailers up to 35 feet in length. Though unlikely, campsites may also be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive before 10 a.m. for the best chance of obtaining a site. 

Cottonwood Campground is located halfway down the North Kaibab Trail along Bright Angel Creek. It is seven miles below the trailhead and seven miles up from the Colorado River. An overnight permit is required for this hiker's campground and reservations are necessary. Permits are $10, plus $5 per person per night. For more information, please contact Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023; (928) 638-7875, Monday to Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Walking & Hiking

The times listed below are for round-trips and are averages for hikers who are in good physical condition.

Bright Angel Point Trail is an easy, self-guiding trail that leads you to a spectacular view of the canyon. It begins at the shelter in the parking area by Grand Canyon Lodge. (0.5 mile, 30 minutes)

The Uncle Jim Trail winds through the forest to a point overlooking the canyon and the North Kaibab Trail switchbacks. It begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. (5.0 miles, 3 hours)

Widforss Trail blends forest and canyon scenery. It starts at the Wid-forss Trail parking area, one mile down the dirt Point Sublime Road, 0.25 mile south of Cape Royal Road turnoff. (10 miles, 6 hours)

Ken Patrick Trail winds through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. (10 miles one-way, 12 hours)

North Kaibab Trail, the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim, gives hikers an appreciation for the beauty and immense size of the canyon. A full day should be allowed for a trip to Roaring Springs and back. The hike is strenuous, but water is available at Supai Tunnel, Roaring Springs, and Cottonwood Campground. (9.4 miles, 6 to 8 hours) Note: Day hikes beyond Roaring Springs are not recommended.