Hazardous Conditions at Grand Canyon North Rim


The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will open on Friday, June 2 at 6 a.m. to mark the official start of the 2023 season. Following a record-setting snow season, this delayed opening is necessary to ensure the safe plowing of State Route 67 and allow staff to reopen visitor facilities on the North Rim.

Key changes this 2023 season include:

April 12-June 2

Closure of the North Kaibab Trail (Arizona Trail) from Cottonwood Campground to the North Kaibab Trailhead

During the winter season, the North Kaibab Trail and North Rim pipeline received significant damage from rockfall and landslides, making many areas unsafe and impassable for inner canyon hikers. In order to safely rebuild and maintain the North Kaibab Trail and repair damaged sections of pipeline, there will be a continuous trail closure in effect from April 12-June 2, 2023 from Cottonwood Campground to the North Kaibab Trailhead. No hikers will be allowed to pass through this area under any circumstances.

Please contact the Backcountry Information Center (928-638-7875; grca_bic@nps.gov) for additional information.

Road crews will be operating heavy machinery on Highway 67 and backcountry travelers should avoid traveling and/or camping on the road surface.