Officials at Grand Canyon North Rim announce transition to day-use operations, other closures

View of the Grand Canyon from Point Imperial on its North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, July 3, 2017 | File photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Officials have announced that Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim will begin day-use operations starting Oct. 19.

According to a press release from the National Park Service, at that point, the Grand Canyon Lodge will close, and no overnight accommodations, including camping, will be available to visitors at the North Rim.

The entrance gate on state Route 67, which provides vehicular access to the North Rim, will be closed on Nov. 30 or after the first major snowstorm if prior to that date.

Visitors exploring the North Rim after Oct. 19 should plan to be self-sufficient and bring enough food and water for the day. Limited services will be available.

The following services will remain operational:

  • The General Store and the Grand Canyon Lodge will offer limited food and retail items while supplies last Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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 Oct. 31, water will only be available at the North Rim Backcountry Information Center.

The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will close for the season on Nov. 1, 2020. The North Rim Visitor Center remains closed.

All visitors traveling to the North Rim between now and Nov. 30 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 the year. Please call Arizona Highway Information to check road conditions at 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, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah.

The South Rim and Inner Canyon facilities remain open year-round.

For additional information, call 928-638-7888 or visit the Grand Canyon National Park website.

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