Kaibab Lodge is in the heart of the North Kaibab National Forest just five miles from the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park's north rim. Built about 1926-1927, the lodge is said by some to have once been a working cattle ranch. Now, it's a quiet place where people come to see deer, wild turkey, the unique Kaibab squirrel, a variety of wild birds, or to visit the national park. At 8,770 feet above sea level, the lodge is cool when the surrounding desert is hot. Open from mid-May through November 2 annually, in accordance with the North Rim's park operation.