Grand Canyon Park To Demolish North Rim Camping Yurt

By Lillian Donahue
Published: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 4:35pm
(Courtesy of the National Park Service)

They call it a yurt. A permanent structure that is a cross between a cabin and a tent.

Unknown to the general public, but well-known among backcountry hikers, the Grand Canyon’s North Rim yurt will not see another season.

The National Park Service plans to demolish the structure in an effort to protect visitors from rodents and other hazards.

Kirby Shedlowski with the Grand Canyon National Park said hikers should have another plan to camp in the area.

“Anyone that plans on recreating on the North Shore over the winter needs to consider their alternative options for where they may stay, now that the yurt will no longer be available," Shedlowski said. "And they need to obtain a backcountry permit before they plan on recreating on the North Rim.”

Access to the North Rim will close to overnight visitors on October 15.

Those who plan on hiking and staying in the area over the winter will need permits.