The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is remote; located far from cities, towns and highways, allowing the Kaibab Plateau to remain pristine and primitive. Although this is ideal for a national park, it does have its downfalls.
Grand Canyon North Rim – Road Closures
North Rim services are open from mid-May until mid-October, but the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is accessible as long as highway 67 remains open. If it is a mild winter, ADOT tries to keep the road open until Thanksgiving or even as late as mid-December. The only thing to count on however, is the road being open until mid-October. The park’s historic 75 year old Grand Canyon Lodge is quaint, but it has its problems. The pipes must be drained for the winter and so the lodge must close down each year and cannot re-open until it warms up in May.
Directions to the Grand Canyon North Rim
From Zion National Park, travel Highway 9 to Mt. Carmel Jct., then turn south on Highway 89 to Kanab. There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where Hwy 89 changes to Highway 89A. Fredonia, Arizona is just a few miles away, across the Utah – Arizona border. Take Highway 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take Highway 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.
North Rim Grand Canyon Location
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 85 miles from Mount Carmel Junction, which is located on the east side of Zion National Park. Many who visit the National Parks of Southern Utah add the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to their travel plans and those visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon often visit Zion National Park.