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“North Rim of the Grand Canyon”

Grand Canyon North Rim
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Owner description: Word of mouth has that the more remote, harder to get to and therefore less crowded North Rim offers a more authentic Canyon experience and better views. However, there is no bus service on this rim and it is closed during the winter.
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“North Rim of the Grand Canyon”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I went solo camping at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (just to prove I could). I stayed in a campground just across the road from the General Store about 12 miles from the entrance to the GC... a very nice campground, too (no showers though). The whole experience is totally different than the South Rim... its much more rustic, remote, and gives you a totally different view of the Canyon. There is great hiking along the rims, or you can hike down the North Kaibab trail for as long as you want (just remember... what goes down must come up!). There are herds of buffalo (beefalo, actually if you want to get picky), flocks of wild turkeys, deer, Kaibab squirrels, etc. And no crowds! If you are camping, keep in mind that you are at a high elevation, and even in August it gets very cold at night! Otherwise there is lodging right at the Canyon rim, but plan well in advance... these rooms go quickly! Dining at the lodge is wonderful... good food & great views. Otherwise, just get a seat on the patio overlooking the Canyon to watch the gorgeous sunsets.

Visited August 2012
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“North Rim via the Motel”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

There are plenty of reviews on here about the experiences of visitors to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon dealing with the great cabins as well all the info about the canyon itself, but few reviews of the motel room style rooms. If you are not able to secure a cabin, don't throw in the towel on your North Rim visit. The North Rim also offers two buildings of motel style rooms which sit along the west side of the road leading down to the main lodge with parking opposite the rooms across the road. These are both in walking distance to the rim & lodge and surrounded by the pines and are very quiet even though next to the drive which runs in front of the buildings which sit down from the roadway. The rooms are pretty much like a standard motel room with the comfortable bed (1 in our room) and the vanity all in same room. There is a ceiling fan and no a/c but we didn't need the a/c at all with day (July 3-5, 2012) temps of 70's and night temps around 45-60. There is no TV but you won't miss it - just sit on the dual wood bench outside each door in the evening and enjoy the pine smell and talk to your neighbors after an evening walk around the rim trail which runs from the main lodge viewing decks around the parking lots back up to the farthest parking areas where you can cut back across the road to the motel rooms. The room's bathroom is very tiny with a shower only and the toilet sits in a smaller knook which if you're a broad-shouldered guy like me, will be a tight fit. The rooms and building are nicely done to blend in with the woods and not like your local Days Inn at all but accept the fact they are for sleeping only and plan on spending your visit down at the main lodge with it's great viewing decks and trails to see the canyon. There are also good laundry facilities near the campgrounds and a general store with wifi and gas available to but the gas was very much on the high side. Both the main dining room with it's huge windows overlooking the canyon and the cafeteria style " Deli in The Pines" have great food and there is also a coffee shop and Roughrider Saloon. If your visit is on the July 4th holiday, the lodge has a really cool parade in the afternoon with the staff hosting a water fight and a parade using emergency vehicles and horses - lots of fun! Be advised there is a $25 entrance fee to enter the Grand Canyon park you must pay before you get to the Lodge area. The whole North Rim is so much more relaxed than the South and I highly recommend the trip as the drive in is great fun too. Do stop at Marble Canyon on the trip up to the North Rim if coming in from the Monument Valley area - great photo op of the Navajo Bridge. I

Visited July 2012
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Westchester, NY
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“Hiking the Kaibob trail ruined by mule dung”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Although the Canyon is certainly grand and awe inspiring - hiking in to the Canyon by the Kaibob trail, which is shared with commercial mule rides, is very unpleasant. Even on a relatively cool September day, the intermittent stench of the mules was so overpowering it was difficult to keep hiking. Unfortunately there did not seem to be other trails to hike in to the Canyon from the North Rim. The mules go down to the tunnel which is about the first hour and a half of the trail, which is all we hiked.

The North Rim lodge was very pleasant. Sitting on the back deck at sunset and sitting around the outdoor fireplace watching stars was wonderful.

The short walk to Bright Angel Point from the North Rim lodge, and the drive out to Port Royal and the short walks there were also wonderful. We did not find any good longer hikes to take. Possibly others have better longer hikes to recommend at the North Rim?

Visited September 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“North Rim of the Grand Canyon”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

The North Rim is an excruciatingly long drive from Phoenix, with some good scenery. There are a few places to stop, but it seems to take forever. The North Rim caters to hikers. The food is very average at the two places where you can eat, and the main viewpoint in the lodge was crowded. The log cabins have comfortable beds and good bathrooms, but little insulation. We had noisy neighbors in the other half of our cabin - arguing into the wee hours. The management switched us the next day - even moved our bags and it was much better the second night.
If you want to go to the cookout, reserve well in advance.

The views are incredible.

Visited July 2012
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Malibu, California
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“Much Quieter”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

The north rim only has 1 tenth of the visitors that the south rim has. The mule rides are cheaper, the views and colors are different. My wife and I really enjoyed the north rim because of the slower pace.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Troy M
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