Grand Canyon North Rim
The Grand Canyon is Immense
The canyon is a mile deep and over 275 miles long and the park encompasses over 1,200,000 acres, and is 10 miles wide in many sections. The 6 million year old Grand Canyon is made up of buttes, plateaus and mesas that cover two billion year old igneous and metamorphic rock. This Northern Arizona national park has earned its rightful place as one of the "seven wonders of the world." As one of the most popular national parks, the Grand Canyon is host to about four million local and international visitors each year. Due to the remote location of the North Rim, only a tenth of those visitors will see this magnificent section of the park.
Grand Canyon North Rim
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is remote; located far from cities, towns and highways, allowing the Kaibab Plateau to remain pristine and primitive.
Grand Canyon North Rim - Road Closures
North Rim services are open from mid-May until mid-October, but the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is accessible as long as highway 67 remains open. If it is a mild winter, ADOT tries to keep the road open until Thanksgiving or even as late as mid-December. The only thing to count on however, is the road being open until mid-October.
Directions to the Grand Canyon North Rim
From Kanab, travel south on Highway 89A (Hwy 89 turns to Hwy 89A right after the only traffic light located in Kanab). Fredonia, Arizona is just a few miles away, across the Utah - Arizona border. Take Highway 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take Highway 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.
North Rim Grand Canyon Location
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 65 miles from the Quail Park Lodge and Kanab, which is located on the east side of Zion National Park (see Map tab for further information). Many who visit the National Parks of Southern Utah add the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to their travel plans and those visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon often visit Zion National Park.
Highway 67 to the North Rim Grand Canyon closes each winter due to snow levels and opens again, mid-May, when the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim opens.
Visitors in 2009 (through August): 3.2 million
Established in 1919, the Grand Canyon is perhaps the most famous of America's national parks. It is an enormous stretch of canyon: 277 miles long (measured by the length of the river at its bottom), 6,000 vertical feet at its deepest and as much as 18 miles across in some places. It takes about two days to get to the bottom of the canyon and back on foot. And it receives close to 5 million visitors each year.
Other National Parks in the area: