State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are expected to re-open for the 2010 season on May 15, 2010.
The North Rim campground is currently available for winter camping, but is only accessible via inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – a 45 mile trip from Jacob Lake. To camp at the North Rim during the winter months, visitors will need a backcountry permit, which can be obtained from the Backcountry Information Center located at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Backcountry permits for North Rim winter camping are also available at Pipe Spring National Monument in Fredonia, Arizona, or at the Bureau of Land Management District Office in St. George, Utah; however, you must obtain your permit in person and several days in advance at these locations.
Potential North Rim campers be forewarned: the North Rim is at elevations between 8 and 9 thousand feet. It’s cold over there, and in some years snow depth reaches spectacular proportions.