Report from the North Rim – date posted Oct 15, 2015

North Rim operations will begin seasonal shut-down of most visitor services on Friday, October 16. The North Rim will remain open to visitors, closing for winter on Tuesday, December 1or until snow closes State Highway 67 leading into the park.

North Rim campground sites are available by reservation through October 31. Campground reservations are booked online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. November 1 through May 15, the North Rim Campground reverts to primitive use with backcountry reservations required. Reservations can be obtained from the Backcountry Information Center and are necessary prior to arrival.

The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will be open from 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week through October 31.

Beginning November 1 through December 1 or until snow closes State Highway 67, the park will remain open from dawn to dusk for day-use. Weather and road conditions permitting, visitors will have access to Bright Angel Point, Point Imperial and Cape Royal as well as the North Kaibab trailhead. Inner canyon users with a valid backcountry permit will be allowed to park overnight at the North Kaibab trailhead. A limited number of campsites at the North Rim Campground will be available to hikers with advanced reservations. A backcountry permit is required and will be available through the South Rim Back Country Information Center. No overnight parking or car camping will be allowed.

The North Rim will close for the season at 8 am on Tuesday, December 1. Hikers and cross country skiers will still be able to enter the North Rim of the park through the winter months with valid backcountry permits.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials intend to keep State Highway 67 open through December 1 but a major storm with heavy snowfall could close the road earlier. After October 15 visitors should be prepared for winter driving and travel conditions and are encouraged to call Arizona Highway Information at 888-411-7623 in advance of their trip to check on the status of State Highway 67.

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