- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed the highway to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, where most park accommodations are closed for the winter.

State Route 67 between the North Rim and Jacob Lake closed Tuesday. The highway and park accommodations at the North Rim will reopen in the spring.

Park officials say the North Rim campground and yurt will still be available for winter camping and are accessible via inner canyon trails from the South Rim or by hiking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing 45 miles from Jacob Lake.

Visitors need a backcountry permit to camp at the North Rim during the winter months.

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