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Grand Canyon National Park North Rim closed for season

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is now closed for the season. Arizona State Route 67 leading to the North Rim closed Dec. 1. State Route 67 and all services on the North Rim are expected to re-open on May 15, 2015.

The North Rim campground and yurt is available for winter camping and is accessible through inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by making the 45 mile trip from Jacob Lake by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Visitors will need a backcountry permit, which can be obtained from the Backcountry Information Center located at the South Rim of the park, in order to stay at the North Rim during the winter months. Permit requests can be faxed year-round to (928) 638-2125. North Rim backcountry winter camping permits are available at Pipe Springs National Monument in Fredonia, Arizona and from the Bureau of Land Management Interagency Visitor Center in St. George, Utah.

Visitors considering hiking, skiing or snowshoeing to the North Rim are reminded that winter conditions may vary and extreme snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures are not uncommon at 8000 feet. Additional information on winter use on the North Rim can be found by contacting the Backcountry Information Center at (928) 638-7875, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during weekdays, excluding holidays.

The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is open year-round. Additional park information can be found by calling 928-638-7888 or by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/grca.

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