SR 67 leading to Grand Canyon's North Rim to reopen

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A state road that takes motorists to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park reopens next week.

State Route 67 regularly is closed over the winter season due to heavy snowfall. State Department of Transportation officials say traffic is welcome again starting Thursday.

The road that closed on Dec. 2 for the winter is the lone link to the North Rim, which lies at the southern end of the Kaibab Plateau. The plateau is about 8,500 feet in elevation and offers spectacular views of the canyon.

Visitors have been able to camp at the North Rim while SR 67 is closed, but it required a backcountry permit.

Hikers can make the 21-mile trek to the North Rim from the South Rim. The drive between the two rims is about 215 miles. Outdoor enthusiasts can also cross-country ski or snowshoe the 45-mile trip from Jacob Lake. 

The more popular South Rim stays open year-round.

For more details, log onto grand-canyon-park.org.

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