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North Rim to open May 15

Reservations for the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park can now be booked for the 2016 season. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

Reservations for the Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park can now be booked for the 2016 season. Loretta Yerian/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will officially open its entrance gates at 7:30 a.m. May 15.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will also begin their 2016 seasonal operations May 15. Although the gate to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will not open until May 15, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will open Highway 67 at Jacob Lake May 13 at 1 p.m.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the visitor center, Backcountry Information Center and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore, will be available May 15 at 8 a.m. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations including lodging, groceries, camper services, food services and gas station, will also open May 15. Lunch at Grand Canyon Lodge will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., lodge check-in will begin at 4 p.m. and seating for dinner will begin at 4:45 p.m.

Rangers will present the first scheduled program, Grand Canyon Geology, on the veranda of the Grand Canyon Lodge May 15 at 3 p.m. All ranger programs are listed in "The Pocket Map" (North Rim: 2016 Season), available online at www.nps.gov/grca and at the North Entrance Station. In celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service, the North Rim of Grand Canyon will host a variety of centennial events over the 2016 season. More information is available at https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be Oct. 15. The National Park Service (NPS) will continue its operations including the visitor center, bookstore and Backcountry Information Office through Oct. 31. Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 the North Rim will be open for day use only (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. From Nov. 1 through Dec. 1 pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel will still be available and visitors will continue to have access to Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints, as well as the North Kaibab Trailhead.

After Oct. 31, 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 Kaibab Lodge located four miles north of the park boundary will have full service from May 15 to Oct. 20. The North Rim Country Store, located across from the Kaibab Lodge will be open May 13 to Oct. 28. Jacob Lake Inn, restaurant and gas station located 45 miles from the North Rim remains open year-round. The Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake will be open May 14 to Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 through Dec. 1, the visitor center will be open on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information on advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities is available from Forever Resorts at (877) 386-4383 or by visiting their website at www.grandcanyonforever.com. For reservations outside of the United States, please call 480-337-1320. Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground (May 15-Oct. 31) must be made by calling (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov. More information on Grand Canyon Trail Rides is available at (435) 679-8665 or www.canyonrides.com.

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