North Rim Visitor Center

A National Park to Visit

Welcome to the gateway to Grand Canyon National Park! According to the National Parks Service, the Grand Canyon attracts around 5 million visitors per year. It is divided in two sections: the South Rim and the North Rim. The South Rim is easier to access and is open all year long.

Why is the park divided in two?
A 446-km canyon divides the park: here are the two rims. The Grand Canyon from the Colorado River is 1.6-km deep and creates a barrier that cuts through the park.

The South Rim is around 2100 meters above sea level. The North Rim, around 16 km farther, is smaller. It is closed from late October to mid-May and is harder to access. The distance seems short, but it is a 346-km tour in 5h between the South Rim Village and the North Rim Village. The landscape, the atmosphere and the vegetation are obviously different between north and south because of differences in elevation. It's almost as if there were two parks in one, and it takes a lot of time, preparation and effort to be able to visit both sides of the Canyon in one trip.

Other services offered:
Bus tours, bike tours, bike for rent, helicopter tours, mule tours, guided hikes, raft trips, jeep tours, trails in the forest, etc.

Before going on a hike:
Going on a hike is a wonderful way to realize how beautiful and huge the Grand Canyon is. However, even if you are an experienced hiker, the Grand Canyon is very different from other hiking experiences.

A good mental attitude and enough food and water are essential if you want your hike in Grand Canyon to be a success, mostly during summer. Day or night, you must be prepared to need water, to the extreme heat and cold, and to the isolation proper to Grand Canyon.

The hikes are so demanding that even people in excellent health are ending up very tired and hurting. In spite of everything, elderly people and people with a physical disability managed to walk here.

Have a look at our hiking trails tour in Grand Canyon.

Have a good time!

Food and Lodging

Do you want to stay in Grand Canyon for the night? Several accommodations are available. You must book in advance, especially during summer months.

At the North Rim, from mid-May to mid-October, the Grand Canyon Lodge is the only accommodation in the National Park. The prices vary between 116$ and 192$ per night.

Online Reservation

Where to eat
Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room;
Grand Cookout Experience;
Roughrider Saloon;
Deli in the Pines;
Camper Store.

Photo: Grand Canyon NPS

Extract of
Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)

Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) image circuit

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