The North Rim has a reputation for its rugged, isolated trails, its sparse facilities and a lack of appeal in the eyes of the tourist mainstream. However, this reputation is only partially true. Sure, the North Rim is less crowded than the South, but only relatively so. During peak periods of travel — from the late spring to early fall — the North Rim accommodates a very large number of visitors. The good news for the nature purist is that there really are few available facilities in the North Rim, so the area will likely always remain relatively underdeveloped. Popular spots in the North Rim include Bright Angel Point, which allows views of the Roaring Springs, the North Rim’s only water source. You should also swing by the 8,803-foot Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim. Lodging is available at the Grand Canyon Lodge, the only available lodge on the North Rim. Rates run in the high $100s, and reservations (the earlier the better) are an absolute must.
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