Even if the snow hasn’t fallen, the Grand Canyon’s North Rim will be shut down by December 1st like it always is.
Every year, starting on October 15th, the Grand Canyon’s North Rim area begins shutting down for the inevitable winter due to arrive and no longer than December 1st, it is official – the North Rim is closed.
Scott Craven, from the The Arizona Republic, tells the story.
Shortly after 9 a.m. under gray skies that dared to spit rain on a national treasure, a compact pickup truck backed up to the front door of a stone-hewn lodge.
Two men in work shirts popped out and hefted a white sign from the bed. Hinges squeaked from disuse as the A-frame sign unfolded. The men plopped it 8 feet from the entrance, where it could not possibly be missed.
It foretold in large black letters the lodge’s immediate future.
“Closed for the winter.”