North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park Scheduled To Open May 15

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Come May 15 you should be able to enjoy this view from the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park/NPS.

If all goes as planned and the weather cooperates, the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will reopen to the public on May 15.

The Arizona Department of Transportation intends to open Highway 67 to the North Rim on Thursday, May 15, by 8 am; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides, will commence their 2014 seasonal operations.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, groceries, camper services, food services and a service station. All concessioner facilities are scheduled to open at 10 a.m., with the exception of the dining room, which will open at 11:30 am for lunch. Lodge check-in will begin at 4 pm.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, Backcountry Information Center, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be available on May 15th at 8 a.m.

Visitors should be aware that the North Rim Entrance Station and campground no longer accept cash and only accept credit cards for entrance and camping fees.

The first scheduled ranger program, Grand Canyon Geology, will be on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 3 p.m. The first evening program will be on May 15, at 8 p.m. in the Lodge auditorium. All ranger programs are listed in "The Guide" (North Rim: 2014 Season), a free publication distributed at the North Entrance Station, the North Rim Visitor Center, other contact stations in the park and online.

The North Rim lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau at approximately 8,500 feet in elevation, and offers spectacular canyon views. It is approximately a 215-mile drive from the South Rim. Points of interest include Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Point Sublime, North Kaibab Trail, and Bright Angel Point.

Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made by contacting Forever Resorts at (877) 386-4383 or by visiting their website. 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 http://www.recreation.gov. 

For a copy of the park's Trip Planner or "The Guide" for the North Rim, please visit this site.