Grand Canyon North Rim
The North Rim is the quiet side of Grand Canyon National Park. Only ten miles from the South Rim as the crow flies, its takes 4 hours driving time to get to the North Rim from Grand Canyon Village. The North Rim is on average 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim resulting in a very different ecosystem. This higher elevation also results in higher snowfall, which closes the North Rim from the first major snowstorm (usually in late November) until May 15th. Facilities at the North Rim are open May 15th through October 15th every year.
The North Rim is a great place for those looking for more solitude on their Grand Canyon vacation. This part of the Canyon really feels like a National Park, and is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the other side. The North Rims alpine like environment is more reminiscent of a drive through the mountains than a trip to Arizona. Towering Ponderosa Pines, Aspen Groves, and beautiful meadows will greet visitors here, alongside a laid back atmosphere. There is only one lodge inside the Park, but there are two other options between the North Rim and Jacob Lake. There are a few tour guides and fewer scheduled activities, but for those of you who love to hike the canyon and explore one of the seven wonders of the world without mobs of people around, you're heading to the right place. Read the guide below to learn more.