Frequently Asked Questions

The North Rim is open from May 15 to October 15 of each year. Since the North Rim is 1000 feet higher than the South Rim at an elevation of 8500 ft, it is much cooler during the summer months and much colder during the winter. Early and late in the season, you can expect highs in the high 60’s and lows in the 40’s (Fahrenheit). In the middle of the season, the highs are in the 80’s with lows in the 60’s.

Of Course! It leaves every morning & every evening several times and drops off hikers from the Kaibab Lodge and the North Rim Grand Canyon Resort to the North Kaibab Trailhead. This saves several miles of hiking at the beginning or end of your rim to rim hike!

Driving to the other side will take about 5 hours for the 210-mile trip. It is a very scenic drive. Hiking is the shortest route across, only 21 miles. This often done anywhere between 1 long day. Or, ideally, typically takes at least 2 – 3 days, via the Bright Angel or South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails with overnight stays at Bright Angel Campground or lodging at Phantom Ranch if you are able to secure lodging inside the Grand Canyon.

Absolutely! You’ll be on the banks of the Kenai River within seconds of stepping out of your canvas cabin. There is almost 400′ of beautiful river front, dock, fillet station, and rods/reels always on the ready. 

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No, but we are located extremely close to the Demotte Campground. We welcome you to come on over to enjoy the lodge and have a hot warm cooked meal or a drink at the Kaibab Lodge Bar. There is a nice waling trail and it only takes a few minutes to walk between the Demotte Campground and the Kaibab Lodge.

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There are a variety of great attractions at the North Rim. The North Rim provides trails for beginners and the most avid hikers. Relax and watch the sunrise or sunset at one of our many amazing vistas. Take a mule ride for unforgettable memories! Daily ranger programs are also an educational and fun way to experience the canyon.

The weather varies enormously from season to season and from day to day. In May and June and July you can expect generally warm days and comfortable nights. However, some days we see rain and those days can get chilly on the water. It’s important to pack in layers and be planning for hot sunny days and for colder rainy days. In August and September, daytime high temperatures can be very comfortable and nights become cooler requiring jackets and coats. We’ve had days in July when the temperatures have been so low while we’re out fishing that we have wool hats, gloves and coats on and the next day we’re wearing short sleeves and sunscreen wondering why it’s so hot! These are not exaggerations and you need to plan for both.

No. We’d love to have you!