One of the main roadways to the Grand Canyon trails in the North Rim is closed for the winter. The Arizona Department of Transportation announced today that a portion of State Route 67 will be closed about a half-mile south of its junction with US 89A at Jacob Lake. This means that the 43-mile-long highway will not accept any incoming traffic until the spring.
The winter weather and cold make that section of the highway too dangerous for drivers. The ice and slippery terrain combined with other natural elements make the road too risky for visitors to travel. It is for the best anyway, as most of the visitor centers at the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim have already closed for the winter.
The highway is scheduled to be reopened in mid-May, along with North Rim campgrounds, lodging, etc. as the Grand Canyon weather becomes more favorable. While the North Rim is closed for the season, visitors can still take a Grand Canyon tour of the South Rim since it remains open all year round.