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North Rim Grand Canyon Winter and Kanab

Old Dec 21st, 2017, 05:52 AM
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North Rim Grand Canyon Winter and Kanab

We're heading to VOF, Zion, and Bryce after Christmas. We're considering heading to Kanab and possibly the North Rim of the GC. Any tips on visiting the North Rim/West Rim in the Winter? Can trails be accessed? What are hikes are best? I know the lodge is closed, but are there other places to stay other than backcountry camping? We're sort of off-the-beaten-path people and are up for adventure.
Also, tips on Kanab would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Old Dec 21st, 2017, 06:34 AM
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"All North Rim roads are closed for the winter. The North Rim reopens on May 15, 2018."

"Hikers and cross country skiers will be able to enter the North Rim through the winter months with valid backcountry permits."

"There is one lodge, the Grand Canyon Lodge."

"Lodging and restaurants are open May 15 through Oct. 15."

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/north-rim.htm
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Old Dec 22nd, 2017, 06:21 PM
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Kanab is a great town. Click on my user name and you will see trip report for Kanab and Page. Nothing is open at the North Rim. Not even the road.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2017, 06:23 PM
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Forgot to add--there is a TON of snow on the North Rim and the surrounding area. It is on a tall mesa. Kanab will be ok, but the North Rim will be totally snowed in. I have done 4 backpack trips off the North Rim--various locations. We always go in April and we often have trouble getting to the trailheads because the roads are still snowed in.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2017, 06:25 PM
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Stanton, are you related to Glen & Bessie?
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Old Dec 25th, 2017, 09:38 AM
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MmePerdu--no, I am not! But I loved the book. What an adventure!!
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Old Dec 25th, 2017, 09:58 AM
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Valley of Fire is a really cool place. Favorite hikes there were Fire wave and White Domes. Are you camping there?
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Old Dec 25th, 2017, 07:59 PM
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Flew over Bryce yesterday and there’s a lot of snow but the road was clear.
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Old Dec 28th, 2017, 08:32 PM
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Grand Canyon North Rim road is closed from Jacobs lake motel/hotel to the Rim. Jacob Inn is open all year. 928 643 7232

However:

Road # 22 (improved gravel/dirt) entry few miles south of Fredonia (which is south of Kanab) through Kaibab forest is open if there was not a recent snow storm. It exits after 30 miles at about 5 miles from park entry whose road is closed.

Kanab touring.
The only book I know for that complete area is: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. One of my favorite hiking areas. It is a growing tourist area. A 4-wheel drive is required on Paria Plateu and, depending on weather, House Rock road. This is where the internationally famous >> The Wave
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Old Dec 28th, 2017, 08:37 PM
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Oops
There is one other book for that area.
IT is written by Kelsey titled: Hiking and Exploring the Paria River.

Only a small portion of that book covers Vermilion Cliffs.
It does not address North Rim Park or Kaibab Forest.

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