A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled, the North Rim, or "other side" of the Grand Canyon is visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. There is only one lodge, the Grand Canyon Lodge (managed by Forever Resorts) and one developed campground on the North Rim.
The hike across the canyon from South Rim to North Rim is 21 miles (34 km). However, traveling from the South Rim to the North Rim by automobile requires a five-hour drive of 220 miles (354 km). Lodging and camping are available at the canyon's North Rim from mid-May through mid-October.
During winter months, the North Rim is closed due to snow. The North Rim Visitor Center, located adjacent to the parking lot for Grand Canyon Lodge and Bright Angel Point provides park and regional information, maps, brochures, exhibits, and a bookstore.
Open mid-May through mid-October from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. Interpretive programs are offered seasonally. Public restrooms are located in back of the building.