North Rim of the Grand Canyon
is located 220 miles by road from the South
Rim. Unfortunately, only 10 percent of the 5 million
yearly visitors ever travel to the more remote, but just
as beautiful, north side. With many sights to see and
a wide range of wildlife , the North Rim truly is spectacular.
Unfortunately, the North Rim is only open from mid-May
that starts nearly 4,000 years ago , the North Rim has
been home to the Desert Archaic people, the Anasazi, and
the Paiute all before Europeans came in 1540. The Paiute
were the ones to give the plateaus of the North Rim their
names. It was the beauty of the area that gave the Paiutes
the ideas for names.
meaning "Mountain Lying Down," is the easternmost
plateau. Here you will find Grand Canyon Lodge and major
trailheads. Kanab, meaning "Willow," is just
west of Kaibab and home to Kanab Canyon. Uinkaret, meaning
"Place of Pines," is home to Toroweap Point.
Here, millions of years ago, molten rock flowed over the
canyon rim and coated the walls with lava. The Shivwits,
meaning "Little People," are home to Hurricane
is a great place to see some unique rock formations and
the Colorado River. The North Rim is home to the Bar
10 Ranch, six hiking trails and two scenic drives.
The trails range from an easy half-mile trail to a two
or three-day trip to the canyon bottom. The driving trips
offer beautiful views of the canyon. On one hand, you
can see Mount Hayden and Saddle Mountain while standing
on the highest point in the park, Point Imperial. On the
other hand, you can see stunning vistas of the canyon
and the Colorado River.