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North Rim Will Begin Transition to Day-Use Operations

A roadway with yellow aspen trees on both sides and snow from a recent weather event.
The Cape Royal Road on October 5, 2021

NPS Photo/L. Cisneros

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News Release Date: October 6, 2021

Contact: Joelle Baird, 928-606-3154

Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim will begin transition to day-use operations on Saturday, October 16, 2021. At this time the Grand Canyon Lodge will close and limited visitor services will be available. Visitors exploring the North Rim on, or after, October 16 should plan to be self-sufficient and bring enough food and water for the day.

The North Rim campground will accept reservations through October 31 and will close for the season on November 1. Visitors wishing to reserve campsites for next year can access reservations on November 15, 2021 at 8 a.m. MST for May of 2022. Campsite reservations can be made 6 months in advance, on a continuous basis.

The entrance gate on State Route 67, which provides vehicular access to the North Rim, will be closed on November 30 at 5 p.m., or after the first major snowstorm if prior to that date.

Visitors should anticipate the following changes:

  • The North Rim Visitor Center, operated by the Grand Canyon Conservancy, will close on October 15 at 6 p.m. and the Roaring Springs Overlook Kiosk will close on October 17 at 3 p.m.

  • The Camper/General Store will offer limited groceries and retail items while supplies last. Operational hours will be from Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. until November 30 or when State Route 67 closes, whichever occurs first.

  • The self-serve gas station, including diesel, will be available for as long as State Route 67 is open. It will only accept credit and debit cards.

  • After October 31, water will only be available at the North Rim Backcountry Information Center at the North Rim Administration Building.

  • The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will close for the season on November 1.

All visitors traveling to the North Rim should be prepared for winter driving conditions on State Route 67 and throughout the park. Snow, ice and rain are common during this time of year. Please call Arizona Highway Information to check road conditions: 1-888-411-ROAD (7623). Nearby, year-round lodging, food services and fuel are located 45 miles north of the North Rim at Jacob Lake. Additional lodging and guest services are available in Fredonia, AZ and Kanab, UT.

Please visit the park website at: for more information on travel planning to the North Rim.

Last updated: October 6, 2021

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