State Route 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon, which is closed each winter, will be opened to the public beginning May 10 at 6 a.m.
The North Rim offers visitors a different perspective of the Grand Canyon.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will also commence their season operations on May 10, continuing through Oct. 14. Xanterra operations include lodging, camper services, food services, groceries and a service station. All concessions facilities will open at 11:30 a.m.
All services provided by the National Park Service including the Visitor Center, Grand Canyon Association bookstore, backcountry permit reservations, campground and ranger programs, will be available on May 10 at noon.
Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made by contacting Xanterra reservations in Denver at 1-888-297-2757.
Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground must be made through Spherix, and can be made up to five months in advance by calling 1-800-365-2267. Callers from outside of the United States must call 301-722-1257.
The Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center, operated by the U.S. Forest Service, will also open on May 10. The center is located on Highway 67 at Jacob Lake (approximately 45 miles from the North Rim) and will be open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The North Rim lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau at approximately 8,500 feet in elevation and offers spectacular canyon views. It is approximately a 215-mile drive from the South Rim.
Points of interest include Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Point Sublime, North Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Point.
For a copy of the park’s free Trip Planner call 928-638-7888 or write: Trip Planner, Grand Canyon National Park, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. The Trip Planner is also available online at www.nps.gov/grca.