Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim

Latitude, Longitude: 36.209654, -112.060976

A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or "other side" of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. There is only one lodge, the Grand Canyon Lodge (now managed by Forever Resorts) and one developed campground on the North Rim.

The Hike across the canyon from South Rim to North Rim is 21 miles / 34 km. However, traveling from the South Rim to the North Rim by automobile requires a five-hour drive of 220 miles / 354 km.

Lodging and camping are available at the canyon's North Rim from mid-May through mid-October. During winter months, the North Rim is closed due to snow.

The North Rim Visitor Center, located adjacent to the parking lot on Bright Angel Peninsula provides park and regional information, maps, brochures, exhibits, and a bookstore. Open mid-May through mid-October, from 8am to 6pm, daily. Interpretive programs are offered seasonally. Public restrooms are located in back of the building.


We will be visiting the park in April. Are the roads open? Is the park accessible in April? I understand the visitor center is closed, but is it possible to navigate the roads on the North Rim the first week of April? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Before the North Rim opens for the season in May, you have to check with the Parks Service very shortly before your visit.  The road between Jacob Lake and the North Rim is subject to closure due to weather on very short notice.  You can sometimes enter the North Rim for day use during the Winter season, but you must remember that there will be no facilities available at that time.  

If you would like to learn more about visiting in the off season, please click here.