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Grand Canyon North Rim Reopening May 15

The Arizona Department of Transportation will open Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Sunday, May 15 by 7:00 a.m.; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property,
and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2011 seasonal operations.

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim operations include lodging, groceries, camper services, food services and a service station. All concessioner facilities will open at 10:00 a.m. with the exception of the dining room which will open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. Lodge check-in will begin at 4:00 p.m.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, backcountry permitting office, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be available on May 15th at 8:00 a.m. The first scheduled ranger program, Grand Canyon Geology, will be on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 3:00 p.m.  The first evening program will be on May 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Lodge auditorium. All ranger programs will be listed in “The Guide” (North Rim: 2011 Season), a free publication distributed at the North Entrance Station, the North Rim Visitor Center, other contact stations in the park and online at
www.nps.gov/grca

The last day for most concessioner services and regularly scheduled
ranger-led programs will be October 15, 2011.  The National Park Service
will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and
Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Permits Office through November 27,
unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date.  In addition, campsites
with limited services such as portable toilets will be available on a
first-come, first-served basis and Forever Resorts will keep their gift
shop and gas station open during this shoulder season.

The North Rim lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau at
approximately 8,500 feet in elevation, and offers spectacular canyon views.
It is approximately a 215-mile drive from the South Rim.  Points of
interest include Point Imperial, Cape Royal, Point Sublime, North Kaibab
Trail, and Bright Angel Point.

Advance overnight lodging reservations for North Rim facilities may be made
by contacting Forever Resorts at (877) 386-4383

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