You don’t really know Arizona’s Grand Canyon until you’ve explored its uncrowded, unforgettable North Rim. Here’s where to hike, eat, and sleep
The last leg to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a 44-mile drive on Arizona’s State 67 that passes through forests of ponderosa pine. It runs along rolling meadows that in spring fill with shallow lakes, where herds of mule deer dissolve into the morning mists.
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The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is 270 miles east of Las Vegas and 375 miles north of Phoenix. Depending on snow, facilities are open mid-May to mid-October; whenever roads are clear, there is access to trails and overlooks ($25 per vehicle for a 7-day pass). Always carry plenty of water and food when hiking, and check on weather conditions, especially lightning, before heading out. For more information, contact the Grand Canyon National Park (928/638-7888).
LODGING, CAMPING, AND DINING
Grand Canyon Lodge With its soaring dining room and expansive views, it’s a national park classic. Accommodations are in duplex cabins; some have views and some are spacious, while others aren’t, so ask about location and amenities. Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room; $$; reservations required for dinner; 928/638-2611 ext. 160. Lodge and restaurant open May 15. From $97; 888/297-2757.
Jacob Lake Inn Motel lodging and simple cabins, a restaurant ($), and a store with an outstanding collection of Navajo rugs and Native American jewelry; about 44 miles from the rim. From $75; 928/643-7232.
North Rim Campground Running water and nearby showers, but no hookups. $18; reservations required; off State 67; 877/444-6777.
Toroweap Also known as Tuweep, this park area has 11 spaces in a first-come, first-served campground. See "Nearby Areas."