North Rim Opening Delayed to June 2

Grand Canyon Lodge on April 4 (NPS photo)

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Friday, June 2 at 6 a.m. to mark the official start of the 2023 season. Following a record-setting snow season, this delayed opening is necessary to ensure the safe plowing of State Route 67 and allow staff to reopen visitor facilities on the North Rim. -NPS

North Rim Transitions to Day Use October 15

Between October 16 and October 31, the North Rim is open for Day Use Only - unless you have a reservation to camp overnight in the North Rim Campground. Reservations can be made through The North Rim Visitor Center, operated by the Grand Canyon Conservancy, will close on October 15 at 6 pm. and the Roaring Springs Overlook Ranger Information Kiosk will close on October 17 at 3 pm. The North Rim Backcountry Information Center will close for the season on November 1.

Between November 1 and November 30, the North Rim is open for Day Use only. Water will only be available at the North Rim Backcountry Information Center at the North Rim Administration Building.

The Camper/General Store will offer limited groceries and retail items while supplies last. Operational hours will be from Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am.—5 pm. until November 30 or when State Route 67 closes, whichever occurs first. The self-serve gas station, including diesel, will be available for as long as State Route 67 is open. It will only accept credit and debit cards.

Between December 1 and May 15, the North Rim is closed for the winter. -NPS

Kaibab National Forest Open

The Kaibab National Forest, which borders the national park on the north and south, is open without fire restrictions as of July 16, 2021. Visitors should always be careful with fire- smoke only inside a vehicle or in a cleared area, and always completely extinguish all smoking materials and campfires before leaving the site.

Kaibab National Forest Closed due to Extreme Fire Danger


As of 8:00 AM June 23, the Kaibab National Forest, which bounds Grand Canyon National Park on the north and south sides, is closed to all public entry due to extreme fire danger. Grand Canyon National Park is still open, but all campfires, smoking, charcoal, and open flames are prohibited, except for camp stoves in designated campgrounds.

Campfires and Smoking Prohibited Due to High Fire Danger

Fire restrictions

Due to warm and dry weather conditions and increasing fire danger, Grand Canyon National Park will implement Stage 2 fire restrictions for the South Rim, North Rim and Inner Canyon beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

The restriction encompasses the entire park including all campgrounds, residential areas, backcountry sites, and developed recreation sites including: Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood Campground, Indian Garden Campground and the Colorado River corridor.

Stage 2 fire restrictions will be in effect Friday that prohibit the following:

All wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires, and charcoal barbeques are prohibited. The use of liquid petroleum or LPG fueled devices that can be turned on and off, such as stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed if used in an area that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. This prohibition does not apply to the use of any type of fire for the purposes of lighting charcoal for cooking within the Colorado River corridor shoreline.
Outdoor smoking, except as specifically exempted within an enclosed vehicle.
Using explosives or any incendiary device; fireworks are always prohibited on public lands.


North Rim Open

The North Rim opened on May 15 for the 2021 season. For details, see"

East Entrance Station is Open

Beginning April 8, 2021, visitors traveling to Grand Canyon National Park will be able to enter the park through the East Entrance at Desert View.

Park officials, working with tribal and state officials, stakeholders and community leaders, announce the reopening of the Park's east entrance gate this week. The east entrance, along Arizona State Highway (Hwy) 64, has been closed since April 1, 2020. The intent of the closure has been to minimize visitor traffic through the Navajo Nation and other communities east of the Park, respecting the health and safety need of park neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Lifetime Free Entrance for Veterans and Gold Star Families

Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests. The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters.

North Rim Open for Day Use Only, Starting October 19

Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim will begin day-use operations on October 19, 2020. At this time, the Grand Canyon Lodge will close and no overnight accommodations, including camping, will be available to visitors at the North Rim.

The entrance gate on State Route 67, which provides vehicular access to the North Rim, will be closed on November 30, 2020, or after the first major snowstorm if prior to that date.

Visitors exploring the North Rim after October 19 should plan to be self-sufficient and bring enough food and water for the day. Limited services will be available.

The following services will remain operational:

The General Store will offer limited groceries while supplies last and retail items Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The self-serve gas station, including diesel, will be available for as long as State Route 67 is open. It will only accept credit and debit cards.
After October 31, water will only be available at the North Rim Backcountry Information Center.

Road Construction on North Rim

From 9/9-9/21, expect traffic delays and possible road closures on Cape Royal and Pt. Imperial Roads, Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 am - 7 pm. Outside of these hours, all roads will be open to the public. Please follow instructions from flaggers. -NPS



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