If you are planning a fall trip to the Grand Canyon, don’t delay, since the North Rim part of the park will begin its seasonal shutdown on October 16.
The North Rim transitions to reduced services with the visitor center, gift shop, campground and entrance station remaining open for visitor use. The Grand Canyon Lodge, food services, Canyon Trail Rides and park ranger programming will no longer be available. These operations will resume on May 15, 2019, reports kdMiner.com.
If visiting the North Rim after Oct. 15, park officials advise to plan ahead and prepare food and water for the day, as purchasing these items will be extremely difficult on site.
After Oct. 15, visitors are reminded to prepare for winter travel with sudden and adverse driving conditions on Highway 67 and throughout the park. Snow, ice or rain can be encountered during this time. The self-serve gas station, with diesel, will remain available but will only accept credit or debit cards as long as the road is open.
National Park Service rangers will be on the North Rim intermittently staffing the campground, entrance station and visitor center. Emergency and law enforcement services will remain available. The Backcountry Information Center is open until Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
Those planning on camping in the North Rim Campground before Oct. 31 are advised to reserve a campsite on www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
Those planning on camping after Oct. 31, please contact the South Rim Backcountry Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-638-7875. There will be no water available after Oct. 31.
The South Rim and Inner Canyon facilities remain open year-round. More information is available at (928) 638-7888 or www.nps.gov/grca.