Saturday – November 8, 2014
Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim
Jacob Lake, Arizona
We departed the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park at 10:00 a.m. As we were leaving the park several off-highway vehicles (OHV) were arriving for a race that was to take place that day on the dunes.
We stopped at a McDonalds in Kanab for our morning carmel latte and took advantage of their free Wifi to make online reservations at the Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon – South Rim.
We arrived at the Grand Canyon – North Rim at 2:15 p.m. The North Rim is located 40 miles south of Jacob Lake, Utah. All facilities close on October 15 and reopen on May 15 (weather permitting). The weather was perfect; sunny with the temperature in the high fifties. The views of the deep canyon were breathtaking.
The North Rim receives around 400,00 visitors per year, as opposed to around 5-million visitors per year to the South Rim. The North Rim is located 265 miles from the South Rim.
The North Rim sits atop the Kaibab Plateau, 8,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level with lush green meadows surrounded by a mixed conifer forest sprinkled white-barked aspen, the North Rim is an oasis in the desert.
Total miles traveled: 106
East on Utah highway 43
South on U.S. highway 89
South on U.S. highway Alt. 89
South on Arizona highway 67 to Grand Canyon – North Rim.
Our adventure continues…