Report from the North Rim – date posted Oct 24, 2013

Most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs have ended for the season. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Permits Office through October 31.

November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use only unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING will be allowed along the Highway 67 corridor inside the park, this includes the North Kaibab Trailhead and North Rim Campground.

From November 1 through December 1:

Services: The North Rim is day use only in November, defined as dawn to dusk. No overnight parking is permitted along the Highway 67 corridor inside the park, this includes the North Kaibab Trailhead and North Rim Campground. The North Rim Visitor Center, Backcountry Permits Office, and all other services are closed starting November 1. Water is available outside the Backcountry Permits Office. Pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel will still be available.

North Rim Campground: Camping will be available provided a backcountry use permit has been obtained in advance – these permits are available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center, and at the Visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument located in Fredonia, Arizona. No car camping. Overnight parking of vehicles is not allowed.

Backpacking: Hikers (with a backcountry permit) may proceed to open trailheads. Those descending the North Kaibab Trail will need to be dropped off by friends or arrive via a commercial shuttle bus.

Weather: Come November, short days and cold nights have arrived. Remember the North Rim is at 8,000 feet (2,438 m) which means that nighttime temperatures are guaranteed to be in the in the 20’s F and 30’s F (-6C to -1C) at best. Watch the weather carefully and talk with experienced friends or park rangers, know when to call off your trip. A few feet of snow could easily fall in a powerful, early winter storm.

Roads: Unimproved roads to destinations such as North Bass and Point Sublime trails are open until winter weather closes them. Be aware, tree fall is common on the North Rim and you should have alternate routes for accessing and leaving trailheads. Cape Royal Road is closed for the remainder of the season from the Y to the terminus at Cape Royal. All other roads including Point Imperial Road remain open until December 1 unless Highway 67 closes.

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