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ADOT reopening route to Grand Canyon’s North Rim next week

May 8, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — During the summer months, heading to higher elevation is always a popular getaway.

The Arizona Department of Transportation stated that on Wednesday, May 15, it will open State Route 67, which leads to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, in time for the summer tourist season.

In the spring, ADOT crews plow any remaining snow and conduct any needed pavement repairs before State Route 67, a winding, 43-mile highway that is closed each winter for safety precautions, reopens along with North Rim lodges, campgrounds and other amenities.

State Route 67 has many scenic areas but before heading out the ADOT has a few suggestions for motorists:

Make sure all occupants in the vehicle are buckled in;Check tire pressure, fluids, and more to make sure a vehicle is in proper running condition;Be patient, including not following other vehicles too closely, and allow for extra travel time;Get enough sleep before the trip;Bring extra water and food;Never drink and drive.

Even though the North Rim closes in the winter, ADOT posted that State Route 64, heading to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, remains open all year long.

Information and highway restrictions and more is available at http://az511.gov, by calling 511, or following ADOT on Twitter: @ArizonaDOT.