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Frequently Asked Questions

Grand Canyon North Rim Visitor Center

Q: How was the Grand Canyon formed?

A: When the Colorado Plateau began to uplift, the Colorado River simply cut its way through it as it rose. Over millions of years, the river had time to carve through the sedimentary rock, the upper layers of the Colorado Plateau, which erodes easily. The river did not have to work that hard then, as opposed to now where it runs through a rock layer composed of granite, which does not erode as easily.

Q: When is the best time of the year to visit the North Rim?

A: The North Rim officially opens on May 15 and closes on October 15. Since the North Rim is over 1000 feet higher than the south rim at an elevation of 8500 ft, it is much cooler during the summer months and much colder during the winter. Early and late in the season, you can expect highs is the upper 60s and lows in the 40s. In the mid season, the highs are in the 80s with lows in the 60s.

Q: How far is it to the South Rim and how do people get across the Grand Canyon?

A: Driving to the other side will take about 5 hours for the 210 mile trip. It is a very scenic drive. Hiking is the shortest route across, only 21 miles. This typically takes at least 2 - 3 days, via the Bright Angel or South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails with overnight stays at Bright Angel Campground or lodging at Phantom Ranch.

Q: Do you offer shuttle service to trailheads?

A: We offer a complimentary shuttle to the Kaibab trailhead twice daily. Guests will need to contact the front desk the day prior to their use of the shuttle service to reserve a spot on the shuttle.

Q: Is there cell phone service at the North Rim?

A: Cell phone reception is limited at the North Rim. Depending on your service provider you may get service on the Rim

Q: Is there a campground?

A: There is a campground about a mile up the road from the lodge. To make a reservation please visit the recreation.gov website or call 877-444-6777.

Q: What is there to do at the North Rim?

A: There is a variety of great attractions at the North Rim. The North Rim provides trails for beginners to the most avid hikers. Relax and watch the sunrise or sunset at one of our many amazing vistas. Take a mule ride for unforgettable memories! Daily ranger programs are also an educational and fun way to experience the canyon.

Q: Are there children's programs?

A: Kids can become junior rangers every afternoon.

Q: How far in advance do I have to make lodging reservations for the North Rim Lodge at Grand Canyon?

A: We recommend at least 6 months to a year in advance.

Q: Do all rooms have a view?

A: We have six cabins specifically designated as "Rim View" rooms, and fourteen cabins that sit on the rim with wooded views. Not all of our facilities have a direct view of the canyon but all are within walking distance to the spectacular view.

Q: Is there a pool at the Grand Canyon Lodge?

A: There is no pool at the North Rim.

Q: What are the sunrise/sunset times and moon phases?

A: The National Park Service website has detailed information available for you.

Q: Where are other near places to stay?

A: The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim is the only lodging located within the National Park. The next closest lodging facilities would be the Kaibab Lodge (928-638-2389), located 18 miles from the Lodge and Jacob Lake Inn (928-643-7232 ) which is 45 miles from the Lodge.

Q: How far in advance do I have to make dining reservations for the Lodge's dining room?

A: Advance reservations for dining may be made beginning Jan 1st of the year that you plan to arrive. To make a reservation, please call:
928-645-6865 (Jan. 1st through Apr. 15th)
928-638-2611 (May 15th through Oct. 14th).

Q : Can we order food from the dining room to-go?

A: Food to-go can be ordered from the dining room during their normal business hours. The Deli in the Pines, located in the Lodge complex, is also a great choice for to-go food.

 
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