The North Rim is less crowded and very scenic. It only receives 10% of the 5 million annual Grand Canyon visitors, and feels much more peaceful, and it has rustic wilderness feeling to it.
Where to stay? Camping and lodging.
Camping and lodging reservations for the North Rim need to be made well in advance. This could be done online or over the phone. The US forest service also has 2 campgrounds nearby.
If you can’t get a reservation at the lodge, or the camp ground at the North Rim, there are several other options. The North Kaibab Lodge, just outside the park entrance, is a cozy option. It is about 25 miles from here to the canyon’s ledge. Jacob lake Inn is another 20 minutes away. Or 1 and a half hours from the rim is Kanab. Kanab is centrally located to Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon. If you want to set yourself up for several nights, for one place, this is your best bet.
Dinning at the North Rim
If you are planning on dinning at the North Rim, make sure you have a reservation for the dinning room. Or you can just have breakfast there, skip the formal dinner, and grab some picnic items at the park’s store. You will find picnic tables all over the park. And if you need any assistance the park rangers will be more than happy to help you.
How to get from Las Vegas to North Rim?
A good way to get to the North Rim is to fly into Las Vegas, rent a car, and head towards Mesquite, Nevada, and then to St. George Utah. Mesquite is a quick stop off the freeway, just a little over an hour east of Las Vegas. It will take you about 5 to 6 hours of driving time to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You will be traveling from about 1 000 feet above sea level in Las Vegas , to close to 8 000 feet above sea level at the North Rim. Take some time when you get to the North Rim to make sure you are acclimated to the elevation.
Enjoy your stay at the North Rim!