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Grand Canyon North Rim to Open May 15, 2013

Highway 67 to the North  Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will be open starting at 8 am on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The last day for most services and regularly scheduled  ranger-led programs will be October 15, 2013.

Operations will begin include lodging, groceries, camper  services, food services and a service station. Lodge check-in will begin at 4 pm.

All National Park Service operations will also be open, including the Visitor  Center, backcountry permitting office, and campground, as well as the  Grand Canyon Association bookstore. \

The first scheduled ranger program, Grand Canyon Geology, will be on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 3 pm. The first evening program will be on May 15, at 8 pm in the Lodge auditorium. 

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. From November 1 through December 1, the North Rim will be open for day use (no overnight parking) only unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that  date.

From November 1 through December 1, pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel  will remain available and visitors will continue to have access to  Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints, as well as the North Kaibab  Trailhead.

Camping will be available to those that walk or hike in (no  car camping) at the North Rim Campground and Yurt, provided a  backcountry use permit has been obtained - these permits will continue  to be available through the South Rim Backcountry Information Center,  and at the visitor Center at Pipe Spring National Monument located in  Fredonia, Arizona.

The North Rim is approximately 8,500 feet in elevation and lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau. It is approximately a 215-mile drive from the South Rim. Spectacular views await you at such points of interest like Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Point Sublime, North Kaibab Trail, and Bright Angel Point.


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