Grand Canyon North Rim
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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.
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  • LadyJLasVegas
    Las Vegas, Nevada313 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Canyon North Rim and Cape Royal
    The lodge area is always crowded. There are plenty of trails, but if you're not into hiking (and at 78, that's me) instead, take a drive out to Cape Royal and walk the paved path to the end. Great views and not a hard walk.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • sunrise99
    686 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    North Rim Grand Canyon
    Wow. We saw amazing views across the Canyon at sunrise and sunset. Interesting to see the changing light on the rocks. It was quite cool early morning and at night but pleasantly warm through the day. We enjoyed walking through the forest with some surprise views of the canyon. We went out to Point Imperial and Cape Royale which give stunning views.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Michelle500_12
    Lone Jack, Missouri40 contributions
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    North Rim info. Beautiful
    Awesome! We did several short hikes. All easy. Angel’s Window was our favorite. We stayed until sunset. A few clouds made it gorgeous. If you are staying in Page please drive cautiously going back in the dark. We came upon a car that had hit a deer. There’s no cell service most of the park road. As soon as we had service we called 911 for them. You certainly don’t want to walk at night. There’s several neat stops on the way also. Bring water and snacks as North Lodge stores and eats are pricey. Gas is too. Very much worth the drive out. A must see.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Cryptic_Tourist
    Saint Louis, Missouri983 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list item
    This was our first stop on our girls trip and was well worth the extra driving to get to it. Like I had read before, the north rim was very quiet compared to the much busier south rim of the Grand Canyon and it made for a much better introduction to the beauty of the canyon. We did the short hike from the visitor’s center and got great views. Just know that it shuts down mid October so if you need services you will be out of luck until Spring.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
  • dixiepeach
    Kansas City, Missouri9,491 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful vistas
    The north rim offers beautiful and dramatic views of the canyon. Sunsets can be beautiful from the lodge there. Sunrise is truly spectacular if you drive to Cape Royal; you can get some amazing photos from there. Be careful driving as there are many deer in the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Wayto
    Grover, Missouri19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Canyon
    When we first got to the grand canyon we stopped by the visitors center. We talked to Mike that works at the desk. He was supper helpful. He told us what trails to take. If you ever have the chance to visit this place. You won't be disappointed.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2024
  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,717 contributions
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    The Less Developed side of the Grand Canyon
    We visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on our recent trip out west. We stopped by the Visitor Center and it was very helpful. The Rangers were very friendly and we learned quite a bit of good information from them. We did hike part of the North Kaibab Trail to get the experience of going down below the rim. The Coconino look out point was beautiful. We saw some wildlife on our hike including birds, a mouse, and a mule deer that ran right across the trail in front of us. The Grand Canyon always leaves me in awe. The North Rim was somewhat busy, but not nearly as busy as the South Rim usually is. it is also a lot less developed and commercialized than the South Rim. The drive into the park is alway beautiful. There are beautiful meadows with pines and aspens. The sights even before you get to the Rim of the Grand Canyon itself are quite beautiful. I, of course, recommend a visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 July 2024
  • Skwiki
    Burnaby, Canada1,719 contributions
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    Well worth the effort to get to the north side
    The North Rim is so much more peaceful. The Grand Canyon is fantastic from any angle, but this was much more enjoyable without the crowds. We left Kanab, Utah about 3:30 am to get to Cape Royal for sunrise. There was a lightning storm and a rainbow but not much of a sunrise. It didn't matter. We had Cape Royal and Angel's Window to ourselves. We came back around noon and it was relatively busy with a moron and his drone. It was interesting that on our return visit the prickly pear cactus were blooming. Of course it does get a little busy but nothing compared to the South Rim. Not as many viewpoints on the North Rim or commercial spots.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2024
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SurfingDoc
East Coast, US154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Couples
I am going to be in the minority here and say that I much prefer the South Rim to the North Rim.

The North Rim was high on my list of places to see. I absolutely love the South Rim, so the thought of another view of the canyon in a very peaceful place was great.

Here’s the problem with the North Rim. Yes, fewer people visit - but it is a much smaller space and you will not have peace until well after sunset. People are clamoring for the small viewpoints, the small trails, and the few food options. You cannot get away from the crowd unless you hike pretty far away. We stayed at the lodge in a beautiful Western Rim View cabin and didn’t have quiet until after 9 PM. At the South Rim, if you’re willing to walk a bit, you can easily find beautifully quiet, peaceful places, and the canyon just seeps into your soul.

The canyon is beautiful everywhere, of course, but the views from the South Rim are awe-inspiring. Here, well…not as much. Point Imperial, off Cape Royal Road, is worth seeing - it’s spectacular. In addition, you can see lights across the canyon from the North Rim. Some might find that interesting, but for me it takes away some of the wild feeling.

Glad we saw the North Rim, but I feel no desire to return.
Written 13 June 2021
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Lihkin
Los Angeles, CA79 contributions
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Nov 2020
I was in Kanab for a week at the end of November 2020. Due to COVID-19, tourism was at an all time low. I decided to take advantage of the thin crowds and visit the North Rim as it was still open (they normally close by October 15). The drive from Kanab was around 80 miles one way and the North Rim was day use only. Let me just say it - it was gorgeous! Apart from the fact that there were no crowds on the scenic drive (yes, there is a scenic drive on a very windy road), my 5 mile round trip hike to Cape Final for sunset only had me at that point. It was amazing to have that whole place to myself. If you get a chance to come to the North Rim (or are staying at Kanab or Page and the North Rim is open), do come here - fewer crowds, gorgeous scenery, beautiful sunsets make this a 5 star destination. Highly recommended!

Tip: Do the scenic drive early morning and go straight to the end to Cape Royal for sunrise. Then hit the other spots on the way back.
Written 1 December 2020
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Leanna N
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
This was my first experience at the Grand Canyon. We saw the North Rim and then the next day saw the South Rim. I don't know if it's just because we saw the north side first or what but I think I almost liked the north rim more! We came early in the morning and it was SO quiet and peaceful. It was beautiful, breath taking. Bright angel point was beautiful. It was a beautiful mix of forest and canyon.
Written 6 February 2022
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otownrob
orlando204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
Imagine seeing your favorite band in an intimate 200 seat club. Now imagine seeing them in a 20,000 seat arena with pulsing lights & explosions. That's the north/south rim difference. They're each incredible in their own way. See both.
Written 28 June 2021
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada704 contributions
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July 2022 • Couples
We flew by helicopter from the south to the north rim. The flight was awesome because we got to comprehend the sweeping views of the South to North Grand Canyon from within the valley. The colours of this side of the Canyon are rich and vibrant with layers of red present in the steep and deep Canyon walls speckled with the dark green of trees and shrubs.

The helicopter ride by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours took us from the South Rim to the North Rim which was a 45 minute flight. The pilot was friendly and there was a commentary which informed us of the main points of interest. The paid $50 upgrade to the front row is a good option but this depends on one’s weight. My wife was fortunate to get the front seat.

This was a great way to see the magnificent Grand Canyon.

Munir D.
Written 13 July 2022
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psouthwick
Clinton, IN37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We stayed in Kanab and drove about an hour or so to the North Rim as it was the closest part of the canyon. I have been to the West, East, and South Rim and no matter how you view the canyon it is amazing. The North Rim is definitely not as popular but that was not a problem. During our visit the Cottonwoods were changing colors and it made for a beautiful site at certain elevations. We did all the look outs and i would highly recommend this if you are short on time and want to see from above. Bright Angel, Angel's Window, and Roosevelt Point are a must. Don't forget to stop at Jacob Inn just south to get some awesome cookies!
Written 20 October 2020
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Kswany
Woodbury, MN422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The drive from Jacob Lake is scenic and takes through the Kaibob national Forest. The terminus of the road is the Grand Canyon which cannot be missed. Watch for deer if you are traveling early in the morning or late afternoon.
Written 20 August 2020
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Joan E
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Having for many years wanted to see the Grand Canyon, I thought I was prepared to see a beautiful place, but I never could have dreamed it would be as wonderful as it was! We had time, even though we only stayed there one night, to do a little hiking, see a beautiful sunset and sunrise, and enjoy a drink on the back porch of the main building before a delicious meal inside. If you are ever able to visit the North Rim, don’t pass it up. You will love it!
Written 5 January 2020
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billandgeorgeanna
Lake Havasu City, AZ380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Couples
What a beautiful place and not crowded. Nice walk out to Bright Angel Point. The few visitors there either had masks or walked around you. The drive to Pt Imperial and Cape Royal was nice and the paved walkways were really nice but the views were spectacular. Truly enjoyed.
Written 1 August 2020
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Fred F
Jasper, TN383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Grand Canyon without all the Crowds - That's the North RIM.
We were only there for a afternoon but delighted at the massiveness of the Grand Canyon. Mountains in the center of the canyon were said to be 60+ miles away and were in pretty clear sight. We ventured out onto the Bright Angel Path way to a point out into the canyon. This walk will make you tingle all over as you see the shear drops to your side. Beautiful views. A visit to the lodge was nice as well . The sandwiches at the deli were also good. I'd go back in a minute.
Written 1 October 2021
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