Grand Canyon North Rim Parkway + ADD NEW ROUTE
15 in Arizona Arizona42 Miles
By J. Striker
on April 15, 1998
- Trip Toolbox
The route starts in the town of Jacob Lake Arizona (click here for an online map to Jacob Lake). From here you simply take Rte 67 south towards the Grand Canyon.
This route gives you a unique look at northern Arizona and the less visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You will be traveling at approximately 8,000 ft above sea level. The route travels through the 650,000 Kaibab National Forest offering plenty of hiking and camping. On this route you will travel through rich forests of ponderosa pines and mixed conifers. There is much wildlife to observe including mule deer and wild turkeys. When you finally reach the end of the route, you will be presented with a unique view of the Grand Canyon due to the north rim's 1,000 ft elevation advantage over the southern rim. Bring plenty of film on this route!!! The Grand Canyon view is indisputably a 5 in terms of scenery but the majority of your driving will not give you a view of the canyon so we decided to go with a conservative 4 star rating.
The road is fairly smooth for the most part offering gentle turns and inclines/declines. Since the route is enclosed in a national forest you won't have towns to interrupt your traveling enjoyment. Keep your eyes out for wildlife though. Also, for those of you who think of Arizona as a dry desert and a place for year round motorcycle driving, this route is closed during the winter. At around 8,000 ft of elevation, northern Arizona becomes a winter wonderland in the winter months.
Along this route you will find two campgrounds, hiking trails and picnic areas located in the beautiful Kaibab National Forest. The largest campground, Jacob Lake, is at the northernmost end of the route and offers campers approximately 50 well-equipped campsites. About Ù way along the route you will find the Demotte Campground offering 20 sites. Keep in mind that camping is allowed outside of the designated camping areas for those who prefer to ruff it. The route ends at the north rim of the Grand Canyon and offers some breathtaking views that the more crowded south rim visitor center can't match. There is also the Grand Canyon lodge at the end of the route for those of you who prefer to sleep in something more comfortable then a tent. Make sure you gas up in one of the towns before the route such as Jacob Lake or Fredonia.
- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Kaibab National Forest (520)635-2681 - Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center (520)643-7298 - Grand Canyon National Park (520)638-7888 - North Rim Lodging Information
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