Grand Canyon's North Rim Will Open Next Weekend

Grand Canyon National Park's secluded North Rim will open for its 2015 season next Friday, May 15, the park announced.

All North Rim services, including the visitors center, Backcountry Permits Office and North Rim Campground, will be open that day, the park said in a statement. Visitors can also eat lunch or dinner at Grand Canyon Lodge, and room check-in will start at 4 p.m.

Ranger-led programs for the first day of the season include presentations on the Canyon's geology and California condors.

The 8,000-foot North Rim sees a fraction of the visitors that come to the more accessible South Rim, making it an ideal destination for those seeking solitude. Hiking options include the Rainbow Rim Trail and the North Kaibab Trail. If you'd prefer to drive, take a high-clearance vehicle to Point Sublime. There's also Cape Royal, Point Imperial and much more, if you're willing to make the longer trip.

All North Rim services run through October 15, and National Park Service facilities will continue to operate through October 31. Through November (or until snow closes State Route 67), the North Rim will be open for day use only.

Photo: Don Lawrence | Grand Canyon North Rim

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