Grand Canyon North Rim
North Rim is a populated place in Coconino County, Arizona. It is located adjacent to the Grand Canyon within Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim offers a serene and enthralling Grand Canyon experience. It is more remote and less developed than the South Rim, and so it attracts far fewer tourists. Many people think its viewpoints are the most spectacular, since they are located at a higher elevation.
The North Rim fits nicely into a multi-park tour that also includes Zion, Bryce and Lake Powell. It is a relatively short drive between those scenic destinations. Most tourists come into this area from Las Vegas. You can book multi-park tours from many vendors there.
Because of the high elevation, visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties at the North Rim. If you have concerns, check with your doctor before visiting this area.
The North Rim forms the edge of the Kaibab Plateau, with elevation ranging from 8,000-8,800 feet above sea level. Access is via Hwy 67, through a majestic conifer forest and past scenic Jacob Lake. The drive is beautiful, even before you reach the national park. Your first stop should be at the visitor center where you can orient yourself and enjoy one of the most spectacular views in the world.
It’s 40 miles from Jacob Lake to the North Rim visitor center.
The North Rim is officially open from mid-May through mid-October. Services include a lodge, dining room/snack bar, campground, gas station and general store with basic supplies. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible to drive to the North Rim during the spring or fall, but no visitor services will be available. The lodge and campgrounds are usually full during the summer; reservations are needed and they should be booked as far in advance as possible.