It takes about four hours to get to the North Rim from Flagstaff - if you go straight
there, which we rarely do. Once on the plateau, the colors change from the rusty
reds and browns of the desert to the greens and golds of Ponderosas and Aspens.
The North Rim is perched above 8,000 feet in elevation. Being a thousand feet
higher than the South Rim gives it a very different ecosystem. The North Rim is a
Boreal Forest and can be blanketed in up to twelve feet of snow. They close the main
road after the first snow fall, usually in October / November, until April / May- or
whenever it's safe to reopen. The South Rim is a Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, with
some Ponderosas and it's fair share of the white stuff, just not nearly as much.
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