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The Arizona Department of Transportation will open state Highway 67 to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on May 15.

May 15 is the standard day each year when access to the park’s north rim opens, Public Affairs Specialist Shannan D. Marcak said.

While the park’s South Rim is open year-round, the North Rim closes during the winter because of the local climate. The North Rim lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau at approximately 8,500 feet in elevation.

In 2009, the park’s North Rim received 301,810 visitors, an increase of nearly 5 percent over 2008 but nowhere near the more than 3 million visitors who traveled to the South Rim.

The parks service doesn’t project how many visitors will travel to the North Rim this year, but said a televised documentary on the nation’s parks by filmmaker Ken Burns, as well as President Barack Obama’s promotion of the parks, has renewed many people’s interest.

A Grand Canyon National Park news release said concessioner facilities at the North Rim’s Grand Canyon Lodge will open at 10 a.m. on the May 15, with the exception of the dining room, which will open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.

Lodge check-in will begin at 4 p.m.

Services provided by the Park Service, including the visitor center and campground, will be open by 8 a.m. Mule trail rides will be open as of 7:30 a.m., Marcak said.

The first scheduled ranger program, “Grand Canyon Geology,” will be at 3 p.m., the news release stated.

The last day for most concession services and ranger programs will be Oct. 15, but the visitors center and other Park Service operations will continue until Nov. 28 unless snow closes Highway 67 before that date.

Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground must be made by calling
(877) 444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov
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