There are many fascinating attractions on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Favored by guests, the North Rim is a region that is known for invoking a sense of serenity and a sense of solitude.
Visitors find that the majestic beauty and the natural appeal of the area warms its way into the heart. Inspiration abounds within the trees, the songs of the birds, and the movements of the wildlife. The North Rim is a high mountain plateau that allows guests to experience the true beauty and mesmerizing natural rhythms of the national park.
In this travel guide, you will be introduced to several activities and attractions that you absolutely must experience while visiting the Grand Canyon’s immensely popular North Rim.
The Visitor Center
Situated immediately beside the parking lot for the ever-popular Grand Canyon Lodge is the North Rim Visitor Center. Visitation to the center is an absolute must for the travel enthusiast. Here, you will have access to park information, detailed maps of the area, as well as detailed exhibits that expound on the wonders of the Grand Canyon. There is an on-site bookstore, as well as details on specific programs and activities, such as the Grand Canyon Ranger program. If you are a true explorer, this is the place to start when arriving to the North Rim.
The historic Grand Canyon Lodge – which was constructed in the year of 1927 – is located in the North Rim. The carefully-crafted construction and the exquisite natural stone and high-quality timber materials beautifully complements the majesty and appeal of the national park. If you are seeking accommodations that offer excitement and top-quality customer service, this is the place!
The Scenic Drive of North Rim
The North Rim includes a scenic drive that allows guests direct access to various pull-outs and specially-designed viewpoints that feature the popular Cape Royal and the tantalizing Point Imperial. On average, it takes approximately half a day to explore the route in completion. If you would like to transform the drive into an all-day adventure, you may take an unpaved route that will lead directly to Point Sublime. While on your adventure, you will have the opportunity to take several short walks that offers the best in wildlife and geological views, and the opportunity to take several unique photographs.
The Trail of Bright Angel Point
The scenery around the North Rim is absolutely stunning. If you are in search of an easy trail that offers a fast hike and direct access to this stunning scenery, you will absolutely love Bright Angel Point Trail. In total, the trail is less than a mile – going and returning. One of the key points of this exploration adventure is the fact that the view of the South Rim is absolutely stunning. In fact, this trail is one of the single most popular destinations for those seeking to capture the essence of the Grand Canyon through photography.
Will you be staying at the North Rim Campground? If so, you should explore the 3-mile roundtrip through Transept Trail. Here, you will embark on a trail that winds gracefully towards the Grand Canyon Lodge. When you reach the lodge, you may then continue your adventure by exploring the previously-mentioned Bright Angel Point Trail. This is an exceptionally simple trail to travel that offers you views of some of the most beautiful aspects of the Grand Canyon national park.
The North Kaibab Trail
Are you in search of adventure, living on the edge, and adrenaline rushes? If you answered “yes”, the North Kaibab Trail is for you! This immensely challenging trail is not for everyone. It is shared with those exploring by mule, descends directly into the large Canyon, and does not offer any type of water source for guests. Not only will you get to explore Roaring Springs, the Coconino Overlook, and the Supai Tunnel, but, if you obtain an overnight permit, you may also continue your hike to the floor of the national park.
There are several exciting activities and attractions in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here, you have been introduced to the Visitor Center, the Grand Canyon Lodge, the North Rim Scenic Route, Bright Angel Point Trail, Transept Trail, and the North Kaibab Trail. In addition to these activities and attractions, there are many tours that will allow you to explore all aspects of the North Rim.
Examples of these tours include the Grand Canyon North Rim Air and Ground Tour with Optional ATV Ride, the Grand Canyon All-American Helicopter Tour, and the Grand Canyon Helicopter Flights with Optional Jeep Tour.
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