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Grand Canyon’s North Rim to Open for the 2014 Summer Season

Don Lawrence | North Rim, GC

Don Lawrence | North Rim, GC

Summer is (almost) here, and the Grand Canyon’s North Rim will officially be open for business tomorrow. Check it out:

The Arizona Department of Transportation will open Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on Thursday, May 15 by 8:00 am; and Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, and Grand Canyon Trail Rides will commence their 2014 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 am with the exception of the dining room which will open at 11:30 am for lunch. Lodge check-in will begin at 4:00 pm.

All services provided by the National Park Service, including the Visitor Center, Backcountry Information Center, and campground, as well as the Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be available on May 15th at 8:00 am. Visitors should be aware that the North Rim Entrance Station and campground no longer accept cash and only accept credit cards for entrance and camping fees. The first scheduled ranger program, Grand Canyon Geology, will be on the back porch of the Grand Canyon Lodge at 3:00 pm. The first evening program will be on May 15, at 8:00 pm in the Lodge auditorium. All ranger programs are listed in “The Guide” (North Rim: 2014 Season), a free publication distributed at the North Entrance Station, the North Rim Visitor Center, other contact stations in the park and online http://go.nps.gov/hpeku7.

The last day for most concessioner services will be October 15, 2014. The National Park Service will continue its operations including the North Rim Visitor Center and Bookstore, as well as the Backcountry Information Center through October 31. The last regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be October 15, 2014. From November 1 through December 1 the North Rim will be open for day use (no overnight parking) unless snow closes Highway 67 prior to that date. From November 1 through December 1 pay-at-the-pump gas and diesel will be the only service available. Visitors will continue to have access to front country access points such as Point Imperial and Bright Angel viewpoints and the North Kaibab Trailhead (overnight parking allowed with a backcountry permit). Remote backcountry access points such as Widforss Trailhead, Point Sublime and North Bass will be accessible weather permitting and with a valid permit. Access to Cape Royal and Cape Final will be restricted. The North Rim campground will be closed to car camping but a few sites remain available to backcountry travelers with a valid backcountry permit. Contact the Backcountry Information Center for more information and to inquire about last minute permits available at Pipe Spring National Monument located in Fredonia, Arizona.

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.

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Grand Canyon Lodge Receives Environmental Achievement Award From NPS

Courtesy of Robert Stieve

Courtesy of Robert Stieve

Great news from our friends at the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim:

The Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim has received an Environmental Achievement Award from the National Park Service for Environmental Stewardship at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The award was conferred specifically for the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim’s waste reduction program.

In 2009, the lodge embarked on a program of daily hand sorting of all solid waste. In 2012 alone, it  recycled nearly 55,000 pounds of cardboard, 3,600 pounds of paper, 10,000 pounds of metal, 40,000 pounds of glass and 18,000 pounds of plastic. In addition, 103,000 pounds of food waste was converted to a nutrient-rich liquid and safely discharged into the national park sewer system. Together, these amounts represent a 100 percent diversion of these waste streams.

The Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim

Courtesy of Darla Cook/Forever Resorts

“We believe good environmental stewardship is not only essential for the health of the planet, but also pays for itself in the long term,” said Mike Kidd, general manager, Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim. “Since taking over the concession in 2008, our dumpster service cost has been cut by 93 percent – from $54,000 per season to just $4,000. In turn, this cost savings enables us to invest in more efficient technologies, source reduction and waste diversion measures.”

In addition, the lodge’s waste reduction program has resulted in a substantial amount of greenhouse gas reduction. Had the 268,000 pounds of waste generated in 2012 been sent to a landfill, about 132 metric tons of CO2 equivalent of greenhouse gases would have been discharged into the atmosphere. Instead, only approximately 15 metric tons of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions were generated, representing a reduction of nearly 89 percent.

Nearly every national park in the United States focuses on waste reduction and waste diversion, yet the operations at Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim are still exemplary. Staff at the lodge not only integrated technologies into their operations to achieve their waste management objectives, but also worked closely with Grand Canyon National Park to demonstrate the waste reduction technologies were compatible with the park’s infrastructure, worked diligently to reduce waste before it was generated and strategized to maximize waste diversion.

Due to their success at the North Rim, these waste reduction strategies are being planned for use by concessioners at Acadia National Park, Grand Teton National Park (Signal Mountain Lodge), Glacier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and others.

For more information about the Grand Canyon Lodge — North Rim or to make reservations, call 877-386-4383 or visit http://www.GrandCanyonLodgeNorth.com. You can also “Like” the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim on Facebook.

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Blast From the Past: Editor Robert Stieve’s Photos of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim

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Talk about a blast from the past… or at least a blast from last summer. I was going through our blog archives and I found these photos taken by Arizona Highways Editor Robert Stieve on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. These photos are fantastic and now that summer is right around the corner (unless, of course,  you live in cities like Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson or Lake Havasu… then summer has already found you), I thought I might tempt  you to book your trip to the Grand Canyon — North Rim or South Rim, both are fantastic!

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Check Out Our May Cover (and Start Planning Your Trip to the North Rim)

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Go North … By Editor Robert Stieve

Along the North Rim Parkway

It was an incredible weekend. It always is when I have an opportunity to visit the North Rim —  it’s my favorite place in Arizona. This time I was up there for two reasons: 1) to attend a board meeting for the Grand Canyon Association, which is an amazing organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service to help educate and inspire visitors to the Grand Canyon; and 2) to do some hikes for the magazine and for the second edition of my hiking book. The hikes were incredible, the weather was stormy and the Grand Canyon … well, there aren’t words for that thing. Here’s a selection of photos I posted on Instagram over the weekend. Keep in mind, I’m not a photographer; I’m just a guy with an iPhone who happened to be in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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Celebrate Western Arts Day on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim

The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate Western Arts Day 2012, Saturday, July 14, on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Western Arts Day celebrates the unique culture that defines Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah.

The celebration starts at noon at the Grand Canyon Lodge and will conclude with an 8 p.m. evening program. Event activities will take place at the auditorium and the grassy square east of the lodge. Regularly scheduled ranger programs will take place in various locations throughout the North Rim developed area. Please inquire at the North Rim Visitor Center for a complete list of event activities, as well as the times and locations of each. If you are visiting the South Rim, you may also inquire at any visitor center for more information. Presentations may include cowboy poetry and music, flint-knapping, beading, roping, and 1840s-era survival skills.

Support for this event is provided by donations received through the Grand Canyon Association and Forever Resorts. For additional information about Western Arts Day, please contact Robin Tellis, North Rim District Interpreter, at (928) 638-7739. For additional information about Grand Canyon National Park, please call (928) 638-7888 or visit our website at http://www.nps.gov/grca.


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