North Rim Destinations
Kaibab National Forest
From Jacob Lake, AZ you'll follow highway 67 on a one-way trip to the North Rim. Kaibab National Forest parallels the highway on both sides all the way to the park entrance station. There are many dirt access roads into the National Forest where you can find some great Grand Canyon vistas, campsites, and access backcountry trails into Grand Canyon National Park. A drive along highway 67 will also bring you to the Kaibab Lodge and Demotte Campground, the only developed camping and lodging close to the park if the North Rim lodge or North Rim campground are full.
Point Imperial and Cape Royal
After the North Entrance Station you can access two scenic paved roads to Point Imperial and Cape Royal before you reach North Rim Village. These are some great scenic viewpoints, as well as a fun short hike to the rim.
North Rim Village
If you continue on highway 67, you'll reach North Rim Village, the hub of Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim. Here you'll find the North Rim Lodge, campground and Visitor Center. You’ll also find services like gift shops, stores and a gas station. Although the North Rim has less visitation, there is no shortage of activities for the more adventurous Grand Canyon explorer. Hiking is awesome from the North Rim and includes the North Kaibab trail, where backpackers start or end an epic Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike. There are also limitless backroads to explore, including the 4X4 road to Point Sublime, one of the most scenic viewpoints in Grand Canyon National Park.
Guru Tips for Exploring the North Rim
The North Rim is the quiet side of the Grand Canyon and one of our favorite Grand Canyon destinations. The North Rim is a great place to hike, camp, explore and find solitude. Here’s a couple tips for making the most of a North Rim visit.
Reserve your hotel or campground in advance
- Lodging on the North Rim is limited and can book up more than a year in advance. Check out our North Rim Hotel guide to learn more or make reservations for your North Rim adventure.
- For car camping reservations on the North Rim and at other nearby parks go to recreation.gov. If the campsites you want are booked, we love Campnab to help find reservations at sold-out campgrounds.
- Another great option to explore the canyon and other nearby attractions is to rent an RV. Outdoorsy has a ton of options from camper vans to larger RVs.
Book a tour or ticket before you get to the canyon
- A guided tour is a great way to really experience the Grand Canyon and having a reservation means you won't have to worry about finding activities when your on vacation.
- Learn more about tours with our complete list of Grand Canyon Guided Tours.
Get geared up
- Make sure you have the right gear for your trip before you travel since there’s not a ton of options at the park.
- We’re definitely gear junkies here at the Grand Canyon Guru. Check out our recommended gear for our favorite canyon-ready clothing, travel bags and outdoor gear as well as rental options to outfit your trip.
More resources for your North Rim trip
- It always a good idea to have travel insurance for your trip. Check out rates and get travel insurance before you head to the canyon.
- If you need more booking options for hotels, rental cars, flights, tours and tickets just check out our Grand Canyon reservations page.
- Take a look at our featured tour and recommended North Rim hotel below and learn more about North Rim Visitor Centers, locations and more.