Report from the North Rim – date posted May 14, 2014

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open May 15, 2014 for the summer season.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, Backcountry Information Center, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be available on May 15th at 8:00 am MST.

Point Sublime is only accessible from the W1 Road within the park at this time. The W4 Road has a lot of trees down on it; we do not yet have a time line for when it will be cleared. The road to Swamp Point also has a lot of trees down on it; we expect it to be cleared within the next couple days. The gate on the W4 Road is open (accessed from FR 268). Fire Point Road has been cleared of trees.

The last day for most concessioner services will be October 15, 2014. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Information Center through October 31. November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. Visitors will continue to have access to front country access points such as Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints and the North Kaibab Trailhead (overnight parking allowed with a backcountry permit). Remote backcountry access points such as Widforss Trailhead, Point Sublime and North Bass will be accessible weather permitting and with a valid permit. Access to Cape Royal and Cape Final will be restricted. The North Rim campground will be closed to car camping but a few sites remain available to backcountry travelers with a valid backcountry permit.

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