Adventure Rating: Baja
Trip Length: 180 miles, 3-5 days
Season: Late June - September. This route traverses some of the highest elevation roads in the United States. Check with local land managers to see if the passes are open.
Technical Rating: Green to blue.
Recommended Vehicle: Truck or SUV with 4 low and all terrain tires. Trailers are not recommended on this route.
Adventure Vans: Sprinter 4x4s not recommended. Quigleys and Sportsmobiles may have issues navigating the tight switchbacks on Black Bear pass.
Alternative Routes: n/a
Camping Recommendations Backcountry camping in Grand Canyon National park requirement a backcountry permit (more info here). Dispersed camping is permitted through most of Parashant National Monument, Kaibab National Forest, and BLM managed lands. There is a nearly endless supply of places to setup camp outside of Grand Canyon NP, including dozens of sites along or near the canyon rim.
Fire Restrictions Fire restrictions are common throughout the North Rim. Please check with local land managers to see if any fire restrictions are in affect.
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