north rim closed snow

North Rim in Winter

NPS photo by Ranger Steve Bridgehouse, March 3, 2015

Here's why the North Rim is closed right now! Arizona 67, the highway from Jacobs Lake to North Rim Village, will open May 15. In the meantime, you can ski or snowshoe the 45 miles to the rim. It's not a trip for everyone, but if you're an experienced backcountry snowshoer or skier and are comfortable camping in weather as cold as -30F and can deal with storms that can drop several feet of snow, then it's one of the finest backcountry experiences anywhere. (You need a backcountry camping permit in the park, but not in the national forest.)

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