|Highway 67 at DeMotte Park on a snowy November morning, Kaibab National Forest.|
|North Rim Country Store outside the North Rim entrance - closed for the winter.|
In fact I'd been a little surprised that it was still open, but it's all weather dependent. If there's no big snow, it closes on December 1st, regardless.
But while Highway 67 is open after the Visitor Center, lodge, and General Store close for the winter, it's day use only. No services. None. Top off your gas tank at Jacob Lake Lodge before driving in. Bring your food.
|North Rim Entrance Station - Grand Canyon National Park|
I drove across the Arizona Strip from Marble Canyon, across the Marble Platform and paralleling the fantastic Vermilion Cliffs. One of my favorite drives. Then up onto the Kaibab Plateau.
|Jacob Lake Inn, on Hwy. 89A and 67 - entrance to the North Rim Parkway.|
Jacob Lake Inn was snowy already. I tried to top off my tank, but the gas pump wouldn't accept my card and there was no attendant to reset the pump. So I drove on fairly confident that I had enough.
|Arizona Hwy. 67 at Jacob Lake - 45 miles to the North Rim.|
I camped for the night on the Kaibab National Forest near DeMotte Park after about five hours driving. It was a campsite that I knew well, and it was as much a pleasure to see what seemed like an old friend as it was a relief to be nestled in for the night below the spire shaped spruce and fir trees, and the snow.
In the morning I drove into Grand Canyon National Park. The entrance station was closed, of course. No Services, it warned. None.
The highway was slippery with snow. The county had plowed the highway from Jacob Lake to the park entrance, but beyond that it was the responsibility of the National Park Service. And they hadn't been out yet.
|North Rim Grand Canyon Village|
|Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim.|
|Aspen very late fall colors, Grand Canyon North Rim Village.|
|Aspen leaves and snow, North Rim Grand Canyon.|
|Low cloud ceiling at North Rim.|
|Roaring Springs Canyon overlook, Grand Canyon North Rim Village.|
|Cabin at edge of North Rim, last of the fall colors.|
Photo location: Grand Canyon National Park North Rim, Kaibab National Forest - North Kaibab Ranger District, Coconino County, Arizona.
© Copyright 2015 Stephen J. Krieg