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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Grand Canyon North Rim Closes For Season

Visitor services and facilities on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon are now closed for the season. The road into the area may be open for a few more days, until closed by snowfall.

Visitor services are open from mid-May through mid-October. Today was the final day for that scheduled period. If people venture down the highway to the rim after today they go at their own risk - there will be no services or facilities available.

The North Rim is located in remote country. Travelers need to be well prepared when traveling there any time of the year.

Toroweap can often be accessed during the fall and winter via a long drive on dirt and gravel. It is a spectacular vista on the north side of the canyon.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon remains open through the winter. It is located at a lower elevation and so it receives less snowfall than the North Rim.

Grand Canyon West, operated by the Hualapai Indian Tribe, is also open year-round. It is located on the southwest side of the canyon. The best access is out of Kingman,AZ, near Las Vegas. Grand Canyon West includes the recently open Skywalk, which is a horseshoe-shaped steel frame with glass floor and sides. It extends about 70 feet out over the canyon., 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. See the Hualapai website for details.

No matter where in Grand Canyon you want to go, now is the time to book reservations for trips next summer.

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