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Mileage: Mount Carmel Jct.
Tuweep 90 miles
South Canyon 75 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Zion Park 12 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
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Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
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In these pages you will find insiders information on the best Grand Canyon hikes and Backpacks including Tuweep and South Canyon Trails. This detailed guide includes road maps, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking, history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds, things for kids to do and even information on Grand Canyon North Rim hidden treasures.

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Grand Canyon North Rim Road Map

Directions to North Rim Grand Canyon: From Zion National Park, take on U-9 through the park to Mt. Carmel Jct. Turn south on US-89 to Kanab. There is only one stop light in Kanab; this is where US-89 changes to ALT 89. Fredonia, Arizona is 6 miles. In Fredona take 89A to Jacob lake (36 miles), then take AZ 67 to the Grand Canyon North Rim park entrance.

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Grand Canyon North Rim

The North Kaibab Trail at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, passes spectacular scenery as it descends 6000' in 14 miles on the way to the Colorado River. Supai Tunnel is the longest day hike destination recommended along this steep hike. The hike to Supai Tunnel is a 4 mile round trip.

 

 

 

Grand Canyon North Rim

Important: Highway 67 to the North Rim Grand Canyon closes each winter due to snow levels and opens again, mid-May, when the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim opens.

The hectic world seems to hold still as the sun gently peeks over the Colorado Plateau, lighting and warming the ancient rocks of the canyon. The sparkle of limestone is dazzling, as the sun reaches out to touch it. Scorching rays dive deep to the Colorado River forcing a glow seen from a safe perch on the rim. At the North Rim the more eroded and sloping walls give a magnificent view of the river below. An emerald green glow shimmers as raging white water bursts with energy from the Unkar Delta. The air is brisk and fresh at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the views, trails and tours are as exhilarating as the clean air. The North Rim is 1000' higher than the South Rim, resulting in cooler temperatures, a different environment and a lush forest. This natural wonder is a more remote section of the Grand Canyon, located in Northern Arizona, near Southern Utah's border and is a definite must see.

The Grand Canyon is Immense

The Grand Canyon is immense. The crevice is a mile deep and over 275 miles long. The park encompasses over 1,200,000 acres, and it is 10 miles wide in many sections. The 6 million year old Grand Canyon is made up of buttes, plateaus and mesas that cover two billion year old igneous and metamorphic rock. This Northern Arizona national park has earned its rightful place as one of the "seven wonders of the world." As one of our most popular national parks, the Grand Canyon is host to about four million local and international visitors each year. Due to the remote location of the North Rim, only a tenth of those visitors will see this magnificent section of the park.

Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon

Nature has not rested in Arizona, but has instead spent millions of years working, carving and etching a masterpiece. The river has created a vast canyon deep in the earth, layered with evidence of its handiwork. The Colorado River has cut deep through rocks that are billions of years old, creating the depth of the canyon, and hinting at a history rich of fossils and rock for us to interpret. The vast width of the Grand Canyon was created through weathering, erosion and tributary streams. Uplift, erosion, submergence and lithification has worked together to create the massive and impressive ---- Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon North Rim

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.

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