Grand Canyon North Rim, Utah

Mountain States

GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM, UTAH Don't miss one of the world's natural wonders! In some ways, a visit to the Grand Canyon North Rim is like stepping into the past. As one of the nation's most visited national parks, Grand Canyon North Rim shouldn't have an atmosphere of relaxation and comfort. But it does. Even today, the North Rim is reminiscent of the old days when visitors came by stagecoach to view a sight so amazing and so panoramic that it became worth the investment in time and energy to get there. A charming lodge still has large viewing patios with chairs so that you can sit and enjoy the vista as long as you want. Outfitters with strings of surefooted mules are available for half-day or longer excursions into the canyon. Hiking trails are readily available and well-marked. However, it would be a good idea to talk with a ranger about precautions to take before undertaking a hike into the canyon. In the evening, entertainment and interpretive lectures are available. Of course, nowadays you don't have to take a stagecoach to the North Rim. Getting there is an easy drive south on Scenic US Highways 89 and 67 by way of Kanab through the Kanab Forest on superbly maintained roads. Roads to the major lookouts along the North Rim are also easy to follow and are well marked. Deer and other wildlife like the unique white-tailed Kanab squirrel are often seen among the Ponderosa pines. In many ways it is difficult to comprehend the entire canyon from one spot. It simply extends from horizon to horizon. But the canyon's sheer size and beauty is more than justification for its being one of the wonders of the world. WHERE TO STAY WHILE VISITING GRAND CANTON NORTH RIM: Grand Canyon (you're there) Jacob Lake: (42 miles, about 50 minutes) Kanab: (78 miles, about 1 hour and 30 minutes) Mt. Carmel Junction: (95 miles, about 2 hours) Weather Information: The Grand Canyon North Rim is open mid-May through mid-October. The park is closed in the Winter. The high elevation (8,800 feet) keeps Summer days crisp and clear with occasional afternoon thundershowers. Summer nights are cool.

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