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Old 05-08-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've made plans to stay a couple of nights at the North Rim next month. I've always heard it's a different experience from the South Rim, which gets a lot more traffic.

Any advice from you who've been there?

Thanks!
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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No, but I'll compare notes with you after I go this summer. We're staying at the North Rim Lodge.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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I was there last October and loved it. It was less crowded than the south rim but the views are just as beautiful. There quite a few cabins by the lodge and the lodge itself was quite nice. There are several easy trails along the rim close by the lodge.

Here is a view from the north rim lodge


IMG_2305 by kanhawk, on Flickr
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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It's a different feel, and a different view. The South Rim is much more crowded (on top) and developed. The trails on the NR aren't as long, but more "natural." The elevation is higher on the NR, and June nights can be chilly. The access roads from the Pariah Plateau and Kanab are far more interesting than coming from the south, and should be considered part of the adventure.

One thing to consider: you may have a harder time getting good pictures since the canyon will be backlit most of the day. They'll still be spectacular, but may look rather flat. It's easier to get contoured pics on the SR.

Great photo, proving me wrong, kanhawk! But we only had a few hours during midday and couldn't wait for the deep shadows of sunset/sunrise.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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North Rim views are far better! It is the shot of the the canyon you see in movies and pictures.

The South Rim is just closer to Vegas, and therefore gets a lot of traffic.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:38 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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North Rim views are far better! It is the shot of the the canyon you see in movies and pictures.

The South Rim is just closer to Vegas, and therefore gets a lot of traffic.
When we were at the Grand Canyon, we were told that the South Rim is the most photographed part of the canyon. The guides at Grand Canyon National Park also said most of the professional photos and media of the canyon are shot at the South Rim. It is actually the West Rim with the glass "Skywalk" that is the closest to Las Vegas.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Denver
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There is also a lot of National Forest land to explore to the west of the visitors center with tons of free camping and great views if you are interested in a more roughing it approach.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Central Indiana/Indy metro area
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We will actually be going to both, so it will be interesting to see what the difference is. Just looking at maps and such, the S. Rim area seems more developed and what not.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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The South Rim is more people, development and cars. Also more view points and bigger views.
The North Rim is higher, cooler, much less developed, a better drive in, but smaller, more intimate views.

If someone was only going to get to one, I would suggest the South Rim, but for return trips definitely the North Rim.

That being said, I have spent over 100 days on the river thru the Grand Canyon and that is by far the best!!!
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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As you can see by the comments, it is all in the eyes of the beholder. Depending on what you want, both offer an experience you will never forget. I think you will be delighted with the less cars and traffic at the north rim. The best part of the north rim, because it isn't as close to Vegas, it just doesn't draw the crowds. I will admit, I haven't been to the north rim for decades, but have the south.
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