Grand Canyon North Rim

The North Rim is the remote side of Grand Canyon National Park, which makes visiting it that much more of a special experience. That also means that lodging and services are limited. In conjunction with its short summer-only season, accommodations can sell out quickly. The jewel of the North Rim, perched on the precipice of the Kaibab Plateau, is the Grand Canyon Lodge - a charming mix of motel and cabin accommodations and the only lodging inside the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Just 5 miles outside of the park, the Kaibab Lodge is nestled on the Plateau amid a stand of Ponderosa pine. Also nearby is the Jacob Lake Inn, located a scenic 44 miles from the North Rim. If you prefer a night-sky canopy and the smell of pine over Grand Canyon North Rim hotels and lodging, be sure to check out North Rim RV campsites and campgrounds,

At the North Rim, a moderate budget should secure you a room at the Grand Canyon Lodge inside the Park. Visitors to the North Rim can't realistically do it in just one day, so we encourage you to book at least one overnight; even better, increase your length of stay to at least two nights and plan to stay at the rim or in the nearby towns of Page, Fredonia or southern Utah.

Grand Canyon North Rim Weather

The weather at the North Rim offers cooler temperatures compared to the South Rim due to the higher elevation. Summers are mild, with daytime temperatures ranging from 60-80°F, while evenings can be cool. Winters are cold, often with snowfall and temperatures dropping below freezing, which is why roads are closed to this part of the Grand Canyon from mid-October to mid-May. Spring and fall offer pleasant weather for exploration, with temperatures ranging from 40-70°F. It is advisable to check the current weather conditions and pack appropriate clothing when planning a visit to the North Rim.

The North Rim is a very remote destination so there is limited lodging and services, plus the short summer-only season means it sells out quickly. The jewel of the North Rim, perched on the precipice of the Kaibab Plateau, is the dignified Grand Canyon Lodge - a charming mix of motel and cabin accommodations and the only lodging inside the National Park. Just 5 miles outside of the park, the Kaibab Lodge is nestled on the Plateau amid a stand of Ponderosa pine. In nearby Jacob Lake, a scenic 44 miles from the North Rim, lies the Jacob Lake Inn. If you prefer a night-sky canopy and the smell of pine over Grand Canyon North Rim hotels and lodging, be sure to check out North Rim RV camp sites and campgrounds; one campground is inside the Park, while several others lie just beyond.

At the North Rim, a moderate budget should secure you a room at the Grand Canyon Lodge inside the Park; rates range from $124 for a motel room to $173 for a cabin. Visitors to the North Rim can't realistically do it in just one day, so we encourage you to book at least one overnight; even better, increase your length of stay to at least two nights and plan to stay at the rim or in Page, Fredonia or southern Utah.

About 1 million people visit the North Rim annually; compare that to the 5 million who visit the South Rim each year. There are fewer guided tours in the North Rim, but there are several points of interest and experiences to look forward to experiencing:

  • Point Imperial: Enjoy breathtaking views and stunning landscapes from this popular North Rim viewpoint.
  • Cape Royal: Another must-visit viewpoint offering memorable vistas of the Grand Canyon.
  • Roosevelt Point: Take in the beauty of the Grand Canyon from this scenic overlook.
  • Walhalla Overlook: Experience panoramic views of the North Rim and surrounding areas.
  • Bright Angel Point: Located near the North Rim Lodge, this viewpoint offers spectacular sights of the canyon.
  • Cape Final, Saddle Mountain, Uncle Jim Point, Widforss Trail, Point Sublime (these all require hiking a minimum of 2 miles or more each way)
  • Grand Canyon Mule Rides: Enhance your visit to the North Rim with a memorable mule ride experience, operated by the Mangum family's Canyon Trail Rides.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon provides a unique and remote experience compared to the more popular South Rim. With incredible views, day hikes, and opportunities for adventure, visiting the North Rim is a memorable experience, especially for visitors who enjoy more remote, quiet experiences.

Driving yourself is the most practical way to get to the North Rim. There are very few companies that provide Grand Canyon shuttles or taxi cabs exclusively from Flagstaff to the North Rim, but those that do offer prices ranging from $158 - $200 per person. That said, if you have a handsome travel budget, many tour operators can create a custom tour for you with a combination of van, coach or air travel, or you can take a 30-minute air tour from Las Vegas.

Approach the North Rim by first arriving in Jacob Lake, Arizona at the junction of US-89A and Highway 67. Take Highway 67 south 44 miles (approximately 1 hour) to the North Rim.


GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM TOURS & PLACES TO STAY

Grand Canyon Airlines

Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the premier fixed wing provider of scenic Grand Canyon tour flights. Specially patented, exclusive aircraft provide crystal clear viewing with narration in ei
Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the premier fixed wing provider of scenic Grand Canyon tour flights. Specially patented, exclusive aircraft provide crystal clear viewing with narration in eight different languages. The classic Grand Discovery Tour is the ultimate Canyon view.

Helicopter Tour of the North Canyon with Optional Hummer Excursion

The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly beautiful, but this helicopter tour of the iconic canyon elevates the views to a whole new level. Soar over Kaibab National Forest and into the Dragon Corridor—the deepest and widest part of the canyon. Upgrade your tour to include a Hummer tour of other

The Grand Canyon is undoubtedly beautiful, but this helicopter tour of the iconic canyon elevates the views to a whole new level. Soar over Kaibab National Forest and into the Dragon Corridor—the deepest and widest part of the canyon. Upgrade your tour to include a Hummer tour of other essential Grand Canyon sights after the ride; your car is waiting for you for a seamless transition.

  • Grand Canyon North Rim helicopter tour
  • Bring your camera for unbeatable views of the canyon
  • A memorable travel experience great for first-time and return visitors alike
  • Upgrade to include a Hummer tour after the helicopter ride

Papillon Helicopters

Tour Grand Canyon with the "World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company!" Only Papillon is a recipient of the 5-star Diamond award and certified to fly both the South and West Rims of the Canyon. Choose from Air Tours departing Grand Canyon or Las Vegas and ground t
Tour Grand Canyon with the "World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company!" Only Papillon is a recipient of the 5-star Diamond award and certified to fly both the South and West Rims of the Canyon. Choose from Air Tours departing Grand Canyon or Las Vegas and ground tours departing from Scottsdale/Phoenix.

Arizona Private Tours

Arizona Private Tours is the leading private tour agency in Northern Arizona. We specialize in safe & sanitary custom tours. We pick up guests in Flagstaff and spend our day exploring scenic Arizona in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our luxury SUV's will take you and
Arizona Private Tours is the leading private tour agency in Northern Arizona. We specialize in safe & sanitary custom tours. We pick up guests in Flagstaff and spend our day exploring scenic Arizona in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our luxury SUV's will take you and up to 6 guests on a completely customizable tour of Northern Arizona. For majestic private Grand Canyon tours to Verde Valley Wine tours & ghost towns in the Sedona area, we cover it all. Let us create the custom tour of your dreams and know that we want to make this a day that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Wildland Trekking

Join The Wildland Trekking Co. on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cuisine, and quality gear served up by America's most experienced and knowledgeable Grand Canyon guides. 25+ years experience in adventure travel.

North & East Rim Imperial with Ecostar Family Flight

Recommend for groups of 4+. Take the Imperial Air tour on an aircraft dedicated exclusively for yourself and your family/friends.

Experience the Grand Canyon aboard a helicopter tour reserved entirely for your party. These helicopters have been designed with ecological impact in mi

Recommend for groups of 4+. Take the Imperial Air tour on an aircraft dedicated exclusively for yourself and your family/friends.

Experience the Grand Canyon aboard a helicopter tour reserved entirely for your party. These helicopters have been designed with ecological impact in mind and feature lower noise to minimize disturbance. Set off from the Grand Canyon air terminal for aerial sights of the incredible rock gorges, the Colorado River twisting below, and the forested areas of the North Rim. Enjoy the most environmentally-friendly and exclusive way to tour the Grand Canyon by air!

GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM GUIDED TOURS