Report from the North Rim – date posted Oct 17, 2016

Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim began seasonal shut-down of most visitor services on Saturday, October 15. The North Rim will remain open to day-use visitors and overnight campers, until Thursday, December 1 unless heavy snowfall closes State Highway 67 earlier.

After October 15, no food service will be available in the park. Self-service gas and diesel fuel will continue to be available in the park through December 1 or until State Highway 67 closes.

The North Rim Visitor Center will be open from 9 am to 3 pm through October 31, as staffing allows. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will be open from 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week through October 31.

Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, 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 Backcountry Information Center. No overnight parking or car camping will be allowed.

All North Rim operations will close for the season at 8 am on Thursday, 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.

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