Grand Canyon’s North Rim Opens May 15 For 2012 Summer Season
April 15, 2012
With the opening of Highway 67 on Tuesday, May 15, the
North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open for the 2012 summer
season; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and
Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their summer operations.
Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, groceries, camper
services, food services and a gas station. All concessioner facilities will
open at 10 a.m. with the exception of the dining room, which will open at
11:30 a.m. for lunch. Lodge check-in will begin at 4 p.m.
All services are provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, backcountry permitting office, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon
Association bookstore (available on May 15 at 8 a.m.).
The first scheduled ranger program, Grand Canyon Geology, will be on the
back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 3 p.m. followed by a program about
the california condor at 4:30 p.m.
The first evening program will be held on May 15, at 8 p.m. in the Lodge auditorium. All ranger programs will be listed in “The Guide” (North Rim: 2012 Season), a free publication distributed at the North Entrance Station, the North Rim Visitor Center,
other contact stations in the park and online at http://www.nps.gov/grca once it is available.
The North Rim, which lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau at
approximately 8,500 feet in elevation, is only open during the summer and
offers spectacular canyon views. Points of interest include Point
Imperial, Cape Royal, Point Sublime, North Kaibab Trail, and Bright Angel
Point. The South Rim, which sits at approximately 7,200 feet in elevation,
is open year round.
Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made
by contacting Forever Resorts at (877) 386-4383 or by visiting http://www.grandcanyonforever.com. (For advance reservations
from outside of the United States, please call (480) 998-1981.) Advance
reservations for the North Rim Campground may be made by calling (877)
444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov. For information on Grand
Canyon Trail Rides please call (435) 679-8665 or visit http://www.canyonrides.com.