Getting ready to open the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. There’s a lot to do, it’s like opening a small town. The North Rim has been closed since the end of November. The entrance opens to the public on May 15th, and there will surely be a long line waiting to get in. Spring is the perfect time of year to hike the Grand Canyon and permits have been sold out for months.
From 1917-1927, visitors to the North Rim had to rough it in tent cabins.
Deluxe rim view cabins and Frontier cabins
Now accommodations vary from the Deluxe and Frontier cabins or hotel rooms which were built by Utah Parks Company over 80 years ago and now managed by Forever Resorts. Reservations should be made about a year in advance. In fact they are booked for the season but you could get lucky if someone cancels. So over 100 rooms need to be cleaned and aired out after the winter shut down.
The Grand Lodge offers fine dining, reservations recommended for dinner, and all kinds of good choices at the Deli in the Pines. Both kitchens have to set up and the lodge furniture moved into place.
There is also a 90 site campground under the Pondersa Pines which requires reservations. But there is free dispersed camping right outside the park in the Kaibab National Forest. That’s real camping with no amenities. And due to the dry forest conditions, please use extreme caution with fire.
Plus there’s a general store that offers basic groceries, beer and wine, and camping supplies.
Everything but the campground and visitor center are readied by Forever Resort employees who will be rolling in next week.
So, what do us Rangers have to do? We’ll be cleaning and readying the visitor center and getting our talks and walks polished up. I officially start work Monday except instead I’m going to the Kanab, Utah health clinic. I’ve been sick for a week, and trust me you don’t want the shitty details. I have to get healthy so I can hike rim-to-rim next week. Plus be ready to greet visitors on the15th. Hope you’ll be amongst some of this summer’s visitors after we open the North Rim.
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