bright angel Point
North RIm - Grand Canyon, AZ
So you wanna get away…
I have traveled to over half of the national parks in the country and have to say the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is one of my favorites. It is an oasis in the desert. The pinnacle of this oasis is the view from Bright Angel Point.
The North Rim is NOT your traditional tourist attraction. It has little to no cell service, one restaurant, no grocery store, no gas station, and very little to do. It is 80 miles from the closest town, and 6-8 hours from the nearest major airport. There is one NPS campsite and one lodge, built in the 1920’s, where you actually sleep in cabins. You can forget Starbucks. The only place to get coffee in the morning is the Saloon, where they still pour it from a pot.
The North Rim is the opposite of the South Rim in almost every way. It has MUCH smaller crowds, and it is located in pine tree forest. It is cool in the summer and closed in the winter. It is over a 1,000 ft higher (almost 2,000 at Point Imperial) than the South Rim, and the mood is slow and relaxing.
The National Parks Services describes the North Rim of the Grand Canyon as “A worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled. “The North Rim, or "other side," of Grand Canyon, is “visited by only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors”. Music to my ears…