North Rim Views

North Rim Viewpoints

Mount Hayden from Point Imperial

Mount Hayden from Point Imperial

The view from the North Rim is quite different from that of the south rim. Because side canyons that drain into the Colorado River from the north drain the Kaibab Plateau as well, they are much longer than their south rim counterparts. The river is much closer to the south rim than the north and most of the canyon's mesas, buttes, temples, and connecting ridge lines are north of the river. Summits that tend to blend in as seen from the south rim stand out in strong relief when seen from the North Rim.

The roads to the North Rim viewpoints travel through beautiful, mixed conifer forest which is plenty of compensation for the lack of rim drives. There are also fewer viewpoints accessible by road but all of the North Rim viewpoints have unique and stunning views.

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Bright Angel Point

Bright Angel Point

Bright Angel Point

The most popular viewpoint, Bright Angel Point, is reached from the main North Rim parking lot at the end of the North Rim Road either by walking through Grand Canyon Lodge and exiting from the veranda on the left, or by skirting the lodge cabins on the left. If you walk through the lodge, you'll see why this historic park lodge is justifiably famous. Since the lodge is built in a U-shape facing the parking area, it hides the view of the canyon until you go through the main entrance and see the canyon framed by the panoramic windows of the veranda at the foot of a flight of stairs. Although perched right on the edge of the canyon, Grand Canyon Lodge is built of native stone and blends in to the natural surroundings.

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