For those who want to experience the absolute quiet of the Canyon, this is the place to visit. The North Rim has great hiking trails that lead you along the rim for views of that mighty gorge and there is also biking trails to follow as well. You may see some animals unique to this areas such as the wild turkey or the “silver ghost of the North Rim,” a small squirrel found only in the ponderosa pine of this area. For more information on the North Rim – how to get here, where to stay and what to do, visit our North Rim page.
Grand Canyon North Rim Opening Thursday, May 15, 2014
Of the four regions of the Grand Canyon, the North Rim is the most secluded and isolated but has some of the most spectacular views and awesome nature of the whole area. The elevation is 8,000 ft (2438 m) above sea level; that’s 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim! Because the elevation is so much higher, the North Rim is much colder and has snow pack in the winter months. The highest view point at Grand Canyon National Park is located here at the North Rim, called Imperial Point at 8,803 ft (2,742 m). The National Park Service closes the North Rim during the winter from October 15 to May 15 each year. And it’s now open for tourism, hikers, nature-lovers and you! To learn more, the National Park Service has published more details.