When to Visit the North Rim

North Rim Village Map

The North Rim is open from mid-May through mid-October. Though the North Rim's facilities close after mid-October, there may be limited access to the North Rim viewpoints until mid-November, depending on snowfall.

High elevation creates an alpine climate on the North Rim. Summer features cool days and chilly nights- a welcome respite from the scorching deserts below. Late summer brings almost daily afternoon thunderstorms, which create dramatic skies and spectacular sunsets. Fall weather is stable with nights below freezing and mild days, and splashes of fall color as the quaking aspen change to brilliant yellow, orange, and red. Heavy snow usually falls by November and lingers until May or June.

All of the amenities on the North Rim are located in the North Rim Village area, except for those outside the park.