Highway 67 to the park's North Rim closed for the season last week due to ice and snow accumulation. Facilities at the North Rim closed on Oct. 15, however day-use access to the North Rim remained open. Scenic roadways and associated overlooks closed earlier last week, due to icy conditions.
Services on the North Rim are expected to be available from May 15-Oct. 15.
The North Rim campground is still available for winter camping and is accessible via Inner Canyon trails from the South Rim or by cross-country skiing and snowshoeing - a 45 mile trip from Jacob Lake. To camp at the North Rim during the winter, visitors must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center.
Permit requests can be faxed year-round to 638-2125. Backcountry permits for the North Rim winter camping are also available at Pipe Spring National Monument in Fredonia, Ariz., or the Bureau of Land Management District Office in St. George, Utah; however, you must obtain your permit in person and several days in advance at these locations.
For more information, call the Backcountry Information Center at 638-7875, between 1-5 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays.