The South Rim
Although some facilities do close during the winter season, the South Rim is still open all year round; 24-hours a day and 365 days a year. This includes all visitor services like food service, lodging accommodations and camping. Because the spring, summer and fall seasons are the most busy, reservations should be made in advance.
The Grand Canyon Village does provide a free shuttle bus to all visitors. This makes it easy for travelers if they wish to park their car at the Village Center and still navigate around the canyon.
The North Rim
Open from May 15 to October 15, the North Rim has a shorter season than the South Rim. During the open season, food services and lodging are available within this time period. The North Rim campground locations can also be booked during the open season by visiting Recreation.gov. Even though the North Rim sees less visitors than the South Rim, camping and lodging reservations are highly recommended.
There are also additional lodging facilities available for visitor’s in the immediate areas of the Kaibab National Forest at the Kaibab Lodge. The Kaibab Lodge is just 18 miles north of the Grand Canyon and is accessible by way of Highway 67. Further down Highway 67 (45 miles), at the junction of 89A, the North Rim is also accessible through Jacob Lake.
The North Rim Down Season
The North Rim will still be open for daily use from October 16 to December 1. The December 1 closing date will depend on when heavy snow closes Highway 67 for the year. During this time period, there will still be a limited amount of facilities that are open for use.