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Home National & State Parks Grand Canyon Grand Canyon’s North Rim Opens May 15 for 2009 Summer Season

Grand Canyon’s North Rim Opens May 15 for 2009 Summer Season

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The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open for visitors May 15, the same day that the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reopens Highway 67 from Jacob Lake to the North Rim.

ADOT crews started working on the 30-mile stretch of highway the first week of April to assure removal of all snow and ice from the roadway prior to the scheduled opening date. ADOT closes the highway each winter when the snow season starts and reopens it in the spring.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will also commence their season operations on May 15, continuing through noon on Oct. 16, 2009.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, camper services, food services, groceries and a service station. All concessions facilities will open at 10 a.m. with the exception of the dining room which will open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Lodge check-in will commence at 4:00 p.m.

All services provided by the National Park Service including the Visitor Center, Grand Canyon Association bookstore, backcountry permit reservations, and campground will be available on May 15 at 8 a.m.

The first evening program offered by the National Park Service will be on May 15, at 8 p.m. in the Auditorium.

The first scheduled daily program, on the California condor, will be on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 4 p.m. All ranger programs will be listed in "The Guide" (the North Rim: 2009 Season), a free publication distributed at the North Entrance Station, North Rim Visitor Center and other contact stations in the park.

The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Permits Office through Nov. 30, unless snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park prior to that date.

From Oct. 16 until closure, these facilities will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Regularly scheduled ranger-led programs, as advertised in "The Guide", will be offered through Oct. 15.

Starting Oct. 16, campsites with limited services, such as portable toilets, will be available for a $12 fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Forever Resorts will also keep their gift shop and gas station open during the shoulder season. Gift shop hours are expected to be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and the gas pumps will be available seven days a week, 24-hours a day.

Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made by contacting Forever Resorts at (877) 386-4383 or by visiting their website at
www.grandcanyonforever.com(choose the Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim tab and navigate to on-line reservations).

For advance reservations from outside of the United States, please call (480) 998-1981. Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground must be made by calling (877) 444-6777 or online at

For information on Grand Canyon Trail Rides please call (435) 679-8665 or visit their website at

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