North Rim Travel Guide

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North Rim Things to Do

  • Cape Final and Trail

    I have to admit I have not taken this trail, because for some reason I did not know of its existence until after the last visit we took. It is a 4 mile round trip, mostly level walking. There is one camp spot at the end. Friends who have gone have said the views from the end are well worth the walk. Something for me to do next time.

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  • Walhalla Glades Pueblo

    Near the end of the Cape Royal road are the remains of a small pueblo. It was occupied by the Basketmaker people who lived in the area about 900 years ago. They stayed about 100 years on the peninsula. They built pueblos as permanent housing while they still migrated seasonally to the rim in the summer and the river in the winter. The occupants on...

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  • Cliff Springs Trail

    Off to the west side of the Cape Royal drive, less than 1/2 a mile from the end of the road, in a hollow easily missed as you drive by, is a short hike into a different world. Cliff Springs trail, a mile rt, is not too far from the Walhalla ancient pueblo site. It is easy to assume that the inhabitants used the water from this spring and indeed...

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  • Roosevelt Point

    This point has become my favorite. There is a short walk through the brush (less than 1/2 mile), to enjoy the wild nature and appreciate even more the joys this place can bring. This is a fairly new viewpoint, named belatedly for the man responsible for preserving and keeping this park for the entire nation. Theodore Roosevelt was known to come to...

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  • Cape Royal

    At the end of the Walhalla Peninsula are vistas almost everywhere you look. Across to the South Rim you can make out the Desert Tower. Here you can see the Colorado river as it seems to lazily wander around a bend much like a stream in a cow pasture. There is the incomparable Angel's Window both to look at and to wander across. You must walk across...

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  • Walhalla Peninsula

    The drive from the lodge to Cape Royal takes a visitor to the Walhalla Peninsula. It is so named due to the high table land being cut away on every side by the erosive effects of the river. There are several viewpoints along the way, Vista Encantada, Roosevelt Point, Cape Final, Walhalla Overlook and finally 23 miles from the Lodge is Cape Royal...

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  • Point Imperial

    To come to the North Rim and not take the drive over to Point Imperial and Cape Royal is to not see the North Rim. Point Imperial is the highest elevation in the park at 8803 ft above sealevel. Viewpoints look out on the eastern reaches of the Grand Canyon, Nankoweap Canyon, Mt Hayden and across the canyon to the Painted Desert. There is a 4 mile...

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  • North Kaibab Trail

    This is the major corridor trail of the North Rim. From the rim you can hike 14 miles down to Phantom Ranch on the Colorado River. This should NOT be undertaken as a day hike. And any camping in the inner gorge requires a permit, often given out up to 4 months ahead. The two campgrounds on the North Kaibab are Cottonwood, about 7 miles down and...

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  • Brighty of Grand Canyon

    When I was in Third or Fourth Grade our teacher read us the story of "Brighty of Grand Canyon" by Marguerite Henry. It is the story of a burro who lived among the people on the North Rim, half wild, half tame. It was a favorite of ours and fully enjoyed. What a pleasure to find a statue to the feisty burro right in the honored spot in the North Rim...

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  • Bright Angel Point Trail

    I hardly even call this a trail. It is just a short walk down from the lodge to the point looking out to Bright Angel Canyon. But there are some spectacular views and has some great places from which to watch the sunrise. It is only about 1/2 mile round trip from the lodge and though it is downhill on the way out, if you have a hard time just go...

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  • Transept Trail

    This is one of the more easily enjoyed trails. It follows the rim from the Lodge to the Campground. It is about 3 miles round trip along mostly level ground. It will take you to places with views of the canyon. It will lead you to hidden springs and ancient dwelling sites. Several spots had a bench, not necessarily in order to rest, but rather to...

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  • The Village area

    The area by the Lodge is the main place to come. It is not large. The Lodge is here with its gorgeous lobby and view and all the little cabins that are a part of it. The patio off the back is usually full of viewers. There is the main Restaurant with views to die for. There is also a bookstore, ranger station and cafe. That is about it for the...

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  • Go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The elevation is higher here, and it is a longerdrive to get around here.View is more limited in scope from the road.Not as crowded as the south rim.Elevation is so high that onecan notice the thinner air.

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  • Three Side Trips For Different Views

    Prior to arriving at the North Rim's Lodge/Visitor area there is a turnoff heading to Cape Royal and Imperial Point. Be advised (as the signs said) the road may be closed if there are high winds, snow or rock slides.I enjoyed my 6 or 7 mile one way trip through the Kaibab Forest to get to Imperial Point. I liked it that there were only a handful of...

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  • Jacob Lake Lookout Tower

    Cruising on Highway 67, leaving the Grand Canyon's North Rim, I noticed a sign along the road, Jacob Lake Lookout Tower. I had just read an article in Arizona Highways about a writer paying a visit to the individual who had the solitary job of sitting in the top of a lookout tower watching for forest fires. After seeing the sign I thought it might...

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North Rim Restaurants

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    Looking at the Canyon outside the lodge

    by mikehanneman Written Aug 30, 2006

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    I thought I would have a good expensive meal in Xanterra's main dining area, located inside the lodge.

    I wish I would've just had something to eat in their deli next door. They have pizza, sandwiches etc.

    I was seated and told the daily special was ribeye for $24.00. I needed a good meal so I ordered. My cut of steak was very fatty and the baked potato wasn't hot. You get the idea.

    Oh well, I am out of $30.00. I don't mind paying a lot for a meal if it is good and I get full but neither happened.

    Favorite Dish: None

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North Rim Transportation

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    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 4, 2002

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    By car or by foot (unless you want to parachute down from an airplane).
    Use your feet and discover the Canyon itself. By car you are limited to some outlook-points and will miss many beautiful scenery and details.

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North Rim Local Customs

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    by Segolily Written Dec 22, 2009

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    It is customary to find a spot on the patio, along Bright Angel or Transept Trail and watch the sun rise or set. It is a quiet time of day at the beginning or ending. Birds call, bugs chirp, the land quiets down as the sun crawls across the walls of the canyon. When you come, give yourself time to stop, and listen and watch this magical place come to life, or go to sleep.

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North Rim Warnings and Dangers

  • Take them seriously

    In response to Pavlik's comment that the dire warnings not to hike in the park are due to insurance and lawsuits I must respond. There are over 400 search and rescues mounted each year in the park, that is about 8 for every 100,000 people who visit. The majority are for people who thought they could do something and got in over their heads. These...

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  • Point Sublime Road

    Another option is Point Sublime. A Ranger said you can get there by going North from the Lodge/Visitors area until you see a blacktop road heading west. I went down the road about 4 miles until the road became too rough. I was told you need a high clearance vehicle (I had a Jeep Liberty and the Ranger wasn't sure it had enough clearance). The next...

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  • One should not immediately be...

    One should not immediately be afraid of the exquisit warnings about hiking into the Canyon as being lifethreatening. American insurance-policies and idiotic high sums of money demanded by accidents, have resulted in an overcareful warningsystem in all sportsrelated activities. However, have a good walkingcondition and the right shoes and you can...

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North Rim What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Good hikingshoes are a must. Also reckon with the fact that on the Rim it can be cool, yet deep down in the Canyon temperatures always are warm and there never falls snow (though on the North Rim it usualy does in wintertime. Enough films, one can keep on taking pictures. Enough bottles with water. While walking the Canyon there are no...

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  • Packing List

    Good hikingshoes are a must. Also reckon with the fact that on the Rim it can be cool, yet deep down in the Canyon temperatures always are warm and there never falls snow (though on the North Rim it usualy does in wintertime. Enough films, one can keep on taking pictures.

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North Rim Off The Beaten Path

  • Toroweap Point

    I have been to Toroweap Point twice, many years apart. The first time we were quite alone, the campground was right there at the end of the road and the views were incredible. The second time, not so long ago the campground had been moved to a more remote location, there were vehicles coming and going all day long, we even witnessed a wedding group...

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  • Dirt Roads to other viewpoints

    The North Rim is a forest, and there are many forest roads criss-crossing the plateau. Some lead to wonderful views such as Point Sublime (4x4 and high clearance definitely needed), Crazy Jug Point or East Rim View point (which is not in the park). Others lead to vague trail heads to way off the beaten path Grand Canyon trails, such as Bill Hall...

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  • A Quiet Walk In The Kaibab Forest

    I drove to the road that heads to Point Sublime, just a mile or so beyond the lodge at the North Rim.When I couldn't go any further, (road conditions) I decided to take a hike in the Kaibab Forest. This was the highlight of my time at the North Rim. I was by myself, listening to the birds and wind. I walked a couple of miles (I had a compass, DON'T...

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North Rim Favorites

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    by Pavlik_NL Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Enjoy the fact that here you are able to enjoy alone the spectacular world of the Grand Canyon. On the other side, where the masses come to see this natural wonder, it is practically impossible. Make some walks along the rim and see how the picture constantly changes. When the suns sets, but also in the early morning when it rises, the colours change by the minute and shades get longer or shorter every second.

    Fondest memory: The nightsky full of stars over the dark shades of the Canyon impressed me enormously. You could even easily see the Milkyway and the silence here was overwhelming.

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