Grand Canyon National Park north rim at sunrise. NPS/File Photo
PHOENIX — It’s official.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), State Road 67 leading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is scheduled to reopen May 15. The gate at the entrance to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open at 7:30 a.m. to mark the official opening of the North Rim for the 2019 season.
Leading south from US 89A in Jacob Lake, SR 67 passes through a high-altitude area that averages more than nine feet of snow annually. ADOT closes the winding, 43-mile highway after park facilities shut down for the winter.
In the spring, ADOT crews plow any remaining snow and conduct any needed pavement repairs before SR 67 reopens along with North Rim lodges, campgrounds and other amenities. According to the Arizona National Park Service, Grand Canyon Lodge and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2019 seasonal operations. Other businesses on the Kaibab Plateau, from Jacob Lake to the park boundary, are expected to be open by May 15.
All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, Backcountry Information Office, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Conservancy bookstore, will be available at 8 a.m. May 15. Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations including lodging, groceries, camper services, food services, and gas station, will also open May 15.
Visitors to the North Rim will see construction this summer as a water distribution line replacement project gets under way. At various times, work will take place in the campground, employee housing areas, near the lodge and along the access roads. Updates will be posted regularly on the park’s website and at various locations on the north rim.
The last day of the 2019 season for most commercial services and regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be October 15. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the visitor center, Backcountry Information Office, and campground through October 31. From November 1 to December 1, the North Rim will be open for day use only unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. No overnight parking will be allowed.
Overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made by contacting Forever Resorts at 877- 386-4383 or by visiting their website at www.grandcanyonforever.com. For reservations from outside of the United States, please call 480-337-1320. Reservations for the North Rim Campground (May 15-October 31) must be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.
For information on Grand Canyon Trail Rides, please call 435-679-8665 or visit their website at www.canyonrides.com.
For North Rim trip-planning information, visit https://go.nps.gov/1ec1y9.
Check for information about highway restrictions and more by visiting www.az511.gov, calling 511 or following ADOT on Twitter @ArizonaDOT.