A view of one of the more prominent rock formations in the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Hey there, Chrissettes!

Ready for a more travel-y post? You’re in luck – this time it’s all about the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.

Located in Arizona and nearby Utah, the North Rim tends to be the most uninviting part of the Grand Canyon because of its remoteness as well as the long distance to get there. But like the West, East, and South Rims, it is as equally breathtaking.

Let me tell you why. πŸ™‚

Founder Chrissy admiring the beauty of the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Reason 1: It’s Not Crowded Around this Time

Personally, I love to explore new places when there aren’t a ton of people wandering about. The less people there are, the more of a magical experience it is for me.

Even when planning a shoot, I always try to make sure I do it early in the morning or an hour before sunset to take advantage of golden hour.

According to this website, the best months to visit the Grand Canyon’s North Rim are from May 15th through October 15th every year. When I went, it was during the first week of August, and there weren’t that many people there. I personally like to think one of the reasons why, aside from the distance and all, is because school’s back in session (I only saw a few families).

tl;dr Less people photobombing your amazing photos that should have been on Facebook or Instagram.

Founder Chrissy twirling around atop the Grand Canyon's North Rim

Reason 2: It’s a Lot Cooler than You’d think it Would Be

One of the things I regretted the most is not bringing jeans or warm enough outerwear. Despite the awesome photos of this super chic OOTD, I was actually shivering to the point where my teeth were chattering. LOUDLY.

The trip there is an interesting one as the North Rim is a lot closer to the Utah border. During this time, Utah was pretty warm, so I thought I’d be fine with my denim skirt and a shirt dress turned shirt. Don’t believe me? Here’s the actual dress here.

But as I got closer and closer, it was like watching nature grow; you’d start off with stunning reddish, orange-y rock formations to a ton of flat land before entering a forest a couple hours later.

So maybe you don’t get cold that fast as I do, but having lived in a desert area for most of my life, you definitely need to have a jacket on hand as the months get colder and colder, especially in the mountainous parts of North Rim.

And check this, according to the National Park Service website, it once got as low as -22FΒ° on February 1, 1989. It’s also one of the more rainier regions as well.

If you do decide to go there around this time of year, please don’t be like me and bring along some comfortable pants and cozy jackets in your travel bags.

tl;dr You won’t die that much.

3. There’s a TON to Explore

Prior to the trip, I didn’t think that it would be that ginormous; you see, I had only seen the Grand Canyon in photo form, and after being in just ONE part of it, photos really can’t capture how small it makes you feel.

In addition, there are multiple entrances to get into certain parts of the Grand Canyon because of how large it is. I mentioned this earlier, but I went to the more lengthy route, aka the North Rim. The southern route, however, tends to be the more popular route as it leads to the innermost parts of the Canyon and is a lot shorter, time-wise.

While I haven’t gone through the former, the northern route still has a lot of charm and a lot of pretty rock formations, if you’re into that kind of thing like me. Bryan Vaughn, founder and designer of Vaughnberry, suggested that I should give Zion, nearby national park, a try. Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit, but it’s definitely on my travel bucketlist for the next time around.

Since the Northern part of the Grand Canyon is a lot more forested, there are plenty of trails to walk around. I’ve even heard of trails that can take as long as two days to finish!

Also, a popular activity you can do there are the Mule tours. Since the 1920’s, the mules have carried people like Theodore Roosevelt (there’s even a special spot dedicated to him) to experience the beauty of the North Rim up close and personal.

tl;dr lots of walking and going on Mule rides you can tell your friends about.

The remnants of the Colorado River that once went through the Grand Canyon

Reason 4: You Can Extend Your Stay

When you enter the North Rim, you first stop by this little booth where you purchase a pass to enter the national park. Due to how enormous the park is, the pass lasts for an entire week. It’s highly recommended you stay a couple of days rather than leave a couple hours later like I did.

To accommodate, there are several hotels nearby like the historical Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, Jacob Lake Inn, and the Kaibab Lodge. Visitors are also encouraged to go camping as well.

From the historical lodges to the popular Mule tours, here's why you should visit the beautifully forested area of the Grand Canyon's North Rim today.
Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? If so, what did you like about it the most? Leave me your comments down below!

24 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Visit the Grand Canyon’s North Rim”

  1. I’ve never visited the Grand Canyon before, but I have a feeling I will be visiting the North Rim first when I do go. I’m one of those people who like the weirder parts of things and the fact there’s not as many people adds a bit of icing to the cake. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics, though I’m sure they pics don’t come as close to its beauty in person!

  2. I want to visit the Grand Canyon one day, hopefuly I could check out this North rim part. I enjoy quiet times and so visiting it when people are not that much would allow us to truly appreciate its beauty!

    God Bless!
    JM Kayne | #InMyHeartβ™₯

  3. Cool post! Last year, I visited the Grand Canyon South Rim and it was super crowded! I would love to go visit the North Rim as the perspective looks totally different. I also didn’t know that it was a lot more forested.

    1. Thanks, Shatia! It’s definitely very different from the South Rim, and I highly recommend visiting there. Yup- you have to go through a forest just to get there, and it’s so gorgeous! <3 x

  4. I really need to go here! I too would prefer a spot that is less crowded, so this would be the perfect spot πŸ™‚ The mule tours sounds really interesting too.

  5. Oh my gosh, I think it is so great to discover the part of Grand Canyon that isn’t crowded by all the tourists yet you still get that magnificent view of the place. Such a beauty to see and experience.

    xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

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