The North Rim
The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m above sea level. Visitor services and facilities inside the national park on the North Rim are only open from mid May to mid October.
The North Rim is by far not so developed for tourism as the South Rim is.
Only few of the nearly 5 million Grand Canyon visitors visit the North Rim, most of them hikers.
The North Rim is situtated 10 air miles north of the South Rim.
If you consider the hike through the canyon it will take 2 to 3 days to finish the 21 miles.
If you drive around the canyon it takes 4 to 5 hrs to reach the adjacent side after ca. 220 miles (354 km).
Raods to the North Rim are usually closed between November and mid-may due to harsh winter conditions.
Visitors with respiratory or heart problems may experience difficulties. All walking at this elevation can be strenuous.
Reservations for camping and lodging are essential. When making reservations for lodging and camping, remember to identify the rim you plan on visiting.