Road to North Rim set to open, as are Kaibab campgrounds, visitor center

This August 2016 photo shows the view of Arizona state Route 67 (the Grand Canyon Highway) looking south from the top of the Jacob Lake lookout tower in the North Kaibab District, Arizona, Aug. 31, 2016 | Photo by Dyan Bone, U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest, St. George News

FREDONIA, Ariz. — With summer recreation season rapidly approaching, Kaibab National Forest recreation facilities on the North Kaibab Ranger District will soon be opening to the public for a variety of outside activities.

In addition, state Route 67 from U.S. Highway 89A at Jacob Lake, Arizona, to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, May 15. After the park’s North Rim facilities close each winter, the Arizona Department of Transportation doesn’t plow the 43-mile highway. It reopens each spring along with park facilities.

The winding SR-67 takes motorists through alpine terrain above 8,000-feet elevation to the North Rim, which averages about 9 feet of snow annually. The highway has been closed for winter since Dec. 1.

Here are the facilities set to open:

Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center – Located at the intersection of U.S. 89A and SR-67 in Jacob Lake, the facility is scheduled to open May 15 and remain open to Oct. 15. For more information call the visitor center at 928-643-7298.

Jacob Lake Campground – Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Fredonia, Arizona, on U.S. 89A at roughly 7,900 feet, this campground is scheduled to open May 15 and remain open through Oct. 15. For reservations contact recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

DeMotte Campground – Located approximately 25 miles south of the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center on SR-67 at roughly 8,700 feet, this campground is scheduled to open May 15 and remain open through Oct. 15. For reservations contact recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

Indian Hollow Campground – Located at the end of Forest Road 232, this campground does not close seasonally and remains open throughout the year. Indian Hollow is a first-come, first-served, free-use, primitive campground with three sites. It is not suitable for large RVs or large groups of people.

Jacob Lake Group Campground & Picnic Site – Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Fredonia on U.S. 89A at roughly 7,900 feet, this campground is scheduled to open May 15 and remain open through Oct. 15. For reservations contact recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

Dispersed Camping – Forest visitors are invited to camp year-round at dispersed sites across the entire Kaibab National Forest; however, motorized vehicle use is restricted in some areas. Visitors should be prepared by knowing the regulations. Motor vehicle use maps are available at the North Kaibab Ranger District office and Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center. If you plan to disperse camp, please review the guidelines and restrictions.

Big Springs Cabins – Located approximately 30 miles from Fredonia on Forest Service Road 22, about an hour drive from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. These cabins are generally open May 1 to Nov. 1, depending on the weather. For reservations contact recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

Jumpup Cabin – Generally open May 1 to Nov. 1, depending on the weather. For reservations contact recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

Campers are reminded to be mindful of any rules associated with the campground and always maintain fire safety when making a campfire.

For additional information on all of the Kaibab National Forest recreational sites, click here. Motorized visitor use maps are available for free at any of the district offices or can be downloaded from here.

To stay current with any fire restrictions in Arizona click here.

For additional information on the North Kaibab Ranger District, click here or call 928-643-7395.

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