During winter months, all roads are closed, however, hikers and cross country skiers are able to enter the North Rim with valid backcountry permits.
Even in good weather, the North Rim is harder to get to. It is 220 miles (354 km) by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles (34 km) by foot across the canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails.
North Rim Visitor Center
Operated by the National Park Service; $18–25 per night; no hookups; dump station. Reservation only May 15 to October 15: 877-444-6777 or recreation. gov. Reservation or first-come, first-served October 16–31 with limited services. Features an amphitheater, park ranger programs, and access to Transept Trail.
Laundry and Showers On the road to the campground; laundry 7 am–10 pm; showers 7 am–8 pm
Service Station On the road to the campground; open daily 8 am–5 pm; 24 hour pay-at-thepump; gas and diesel available
General Store Adjacent to the campground; groceries, gifts, camping supplies, ATM, Wi-Fi; 7 am–8 pm
Lodging, camping, food, and services located north of the park on AZ 67
Kaibab Lodge Located 18 miles (30 km) north of North Rim Visitor Center; open May 15 to October 20; lodging and restaurant. 928-638-2389 or kaibablodge.com
DeMotte Campground US Forest Service campground 18 miles (28 km) north of North Rim Visitor Center. Open May 14 to October 15; $18 per night; no hookups. Half the campground is first-come, first-served; reserve half the sites at 877-444-6777 or recreation.gov. Depending on weather, camping season may be extended.
North Rim Country Store
Located 18 miles (30 km) north of the North Rim Visitor Center; open May 15 to October 28, 7:30 am–7 pm. Offers convenience store, gas station, tire repair, propane, and ATM. 928-638-2383
Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center
Located 45 miles (72 km) north of North Rim Visitor Center in Jacob Lake, Arizona; open May 15 to October 15. Offers information and a Grand Canyon Association Park Store with books, maps, and gifts. (928) 643-7298
Jacob Lake Inn
Located 45 miles (72 km) north of North Rim Visitor Center in Jacob Lake, Arizona; open year-round, 7 am–9 pm in summer with reduced hours in the off-season. Offers a restaurant, gift shop, propane, and gas station with 24 hour pay-at-the-pump. 928-643-7232
Jacob Lake Campground
US Forest Service campground 45 miles (75 km) north of North Rim Visitor Center. Open May 14 to October 15; $18 per night; no hookups. Half the campground is first-come, first-served; reserve half the sites at 877-444-6777 or recreation.gov. Depending on weather, camping season may be extended.
Kaibab Camper Village Private campground 0.25 miles (0.5 km) south of Jacob Lake on Forest Service Road 461 off AZ 67. Open May 15 to October 15, 7 am–9 pm; $36 per night with hookups or $17 per night without. Reservations: 928-643-7804.
You may camp at large, or away from campgrounds, in the Kaibab National Forest. Stop at the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center in Jacob Lake, Arizona, for information. No garbage service; pack out what you take in. Bring water; few reliable water sources exist. Camp at least 0.25 mile (0.4 km) from water sources to allow access for wildlife and livestock. Check about fire restrictions; be fire safe; carry a shovel and bucket. Bury human waste at least 6 inches (15 cm) deep and 100 feet (30 m) from water sources and drainage bottoms. Practice backcountry ethics and eliminate all signs of your camp.
Additional services outside of the park
Smooth-water Raft Trips Colorado River Discovery provides half- and full-day trips on the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. 888-522-6644 or raftthecanyon.com
Flagstaff Shuttle and Charter Service between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon, as well as between the North and South rims. 888-215-3105 or flagshuttle.com
Transcanyon Shuttle Shuttle service twice daily between the North and South rims. Reservations required. 928-638-2820 or trans-canyonshuttle.com
Use sunblock, stay hydrated, take your time, and rest to reduce the risk of sunburn, dehydration, nausea, shortness of breath, and exhaustion. The North Rim's high elevation (8,000 ft / 2,438 m) and dry climate affects you differently than your home environment.
Drive With Care. Watch for people and wildlife. Increase caution at night and during wet conditions. Observe posted speed limits; maximum speed limit 45 mph (72 kmph). Vehicles longer than 30 feet (9 m) not recommended on the roads to Cape Royal and Point Imperial. Oversized vehicle parking limited; park at Grand Canyon Lodge or North Rim Campground. Arizona highway information: 511 or 888-411-ROAD or az511.gov.
Monsoon storms are common in summer. When you hear thunder or see lightning, move away from the canyon rim. Do not stand under a tree. Seek shelter inside a vehicle or building. Be aware of possible flash floods and falling rocks during and after storms.
Weather varies greatly and changes suddenly. Be prepared to layer clothing for heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow. Weather posted in North Rim Visitor Center. Park road and weather conditions: 928-638-7496.
Free, spring-fed drinking water is available from bottle filling stations at North Rim Visitor Center, Administration and Backcountry Office, and North Kaibab Trailhead.
Camping is only permitted in the North Rim Campground. For backcountry camping options (permit required) check with the Backcountry Information Center.
Services, Facilities, and Viewpoints Inside the Park
North Rim Visitor Center / Grand Canyon Lodge
Keep wildlife wild. Approaching and feeding wildlife is dangerous and illegal. Bison and deer can become aggressive and will defend their space. Keep a safe distance of at least 75 feet (23 m) from all wildlife. Do not feed the squirrels. They will bite and can carry disease.
Leashed pets are only allowed on the Bridle Path and Arizona Trail— between North Kaibab Trailhead and the north entrance station. Pets are not allowed on any other trail or in buildings. These restrictions do not apply to service animals. Anyone wishing to take a service animal below the rim must check in at the Backcountry Information Center before starting their hike. No kennel is available on the North Rim.
Stay behind railings and away from cliffs. Hold on to children. Do not back up without looking around you. Always be aware of your surroundings.
Hikers and wildlife can be injured by rocks, coins, and trash tossed over the edge of Grand Canyon and rocks dislodged by walking off trail.
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft is prohibited inside Grand Canyon National Park.
The walls of Grand Canyon tell an amazing story. You alter that story when you leave graffiti.
Protect the Park, Protect Yourself
Grand Canyon National Park offers free, daily park ranger programs on the North Rim. Learn about geology, fossils, plants, animals, and people during walks, talks, hikes, demonstrations, evening programs, and more! Programs may be canceled in inclement weather or during special events. Check North Rim Visitor Center or go.nps.gov/gc_programs for a full listing. Free, Daily Park Ranger Programs
Campground / Backcountry Information Center
Check at the lodge for same day availability. Make advanced reservations with Forever Resorts: 877-386-4383 or 480-998-1981; grandcanyonforever.com. Reserve as far ahead as possible since lodging is booked well in advance. Features park ranger programs, restroom, drinking water, and access to Bright Angel Point Trail, Transept Trail, and Bridle Path.
Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room
- Breakfast 6:30–10 am; lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 4:30–9:30 pm; reservations recommended for dinner
- Deli in the Pines May 15 to August 31, 10:30 am–9 pm; September 1 to October 15, 11 am–8 pm
- Chuckwagon Buffet Purchase an all-you-can-eat or a one-time-through ticket and take your dinner from the auditorium to the veranda, 4:30–7 pm
- Roughrider Saloon Beer, wine, and cocktails; ATM; 11 am–11 pm
- Coffee Shop Located in the Roughrider Saloon; coffee, bagels, baked goods, and other breakfast items; 5:30–10:30 am
- Gift Shop Souvenirs and books; 7 am–9 pm
- Post Office Window service Monday through Friday, 8 am to noon and 1–5 pm; closed weekends and federal holidays
- Religious Services Check the bulletin board in the lodge for a schedule of services
- Canyon Trail Rides One-hour rides along the rim, half-day rides along the rim, and trips down into Grand Canyon are usually available. Register at the Canyon Trail Rides desk in the lodge lobby, 7 am–5 pm, or call 435-679-8665.
- Hiker Shuttle Shuttle from the lodge to North Kaibab Trailhead; departs at 5:30 am and 6 am. Reserve space 24 hours in advance at the lodge front desk.
- Park in the designated parking area and walk to the south end of the parking lot. Features new interpretive exhibits, park ranger programs, restroom, drinking water, self-pay fee station, nearby canyon views, and access to Bright Angel Point Trail. 8 am–6 pm
- Grand Canyon Association Park Store Books, gifts, passport stamp; 8 am–6 pm
- Lost and Found Turn in found items at the North Rim Visitor Center. Inquire about lost items at the visitor center or Grand Canyon Lodge front desk.
- The South Rim is the easiest to get to part of the park and it is open all year.
- Elevations average 7000 feet (2134 m) above sea level.
Highlights of the Grand Canyon's South Rim include the following:
- Historic Grand Canyon Village, reached by driving and served by Grand Canyon Railway.
- Scenic Hermit Road and Hermits Rest (7 miles/ 11.2 km) west of Grand Canyon Village
- Desert View Drive and Desert View (25 miles/ 41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Complex Shuttle stop for Kaibab/Rim Route, Village Route, and Tusayan Route; parking, drinking water, restroom, picnic tables Bright Angel Bicycles & Café at Mather Point S B L D G $ Bicycle, wheelchair, and stroller rentals; guided tours; prepackaged sandwiches, breakfast burritos, juices, espresso bar; supplies;
Grand Canyon Association (GCA) Park Store at the Visitor Center G passport stamp, 928-638-7145
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Information, exhibits, theater; passport stamp, free local phone calls, AED, 928-638-7888
Mather Point Shuttle stop; sunrise and sunset canyon views
Pipe Creek Vista Shuttle stop; canyon views
South Kaibab Trailhead Shuttle stop, canyon views, drinking water (trailhead only), restroom, picnic tables. Access to steep trail with no water or shade for day hikes down to Ooh Aah Point, Cedar Ridge, and Skeleton Point. Ask for a hiking brochure at visitor centers or Backcountry Information Center.
Yaki Point Shuttle stop, sunset and sunrise canyon views, restroom, picnic tables