Ready to plan your adventure to one of the seven natural wonders of the world? You’re just in time. The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park – a whole different, quieter experience from the bustling South Rim – opens its 2022 season Sunday. The North Rim is remote and the drive time from Phoenix, Arizona, is a commitment, but don’t let that put you off. The North Rim gets far fewer visitors than the South Rim – about a tenth as many – and you’re much more likely to have a little breathing room on the trails and at the overlooks.Visitors have two lodging options inside the park: tent or RV camping at the North Rim Campground or booking a cabin or motel room at the historic Grand Canyon Lodge.Outside the park, travelers can stay at Jacob Lake Inn or Kaibab Lodge. Campers can choose from two campgrounds or opt for free dispersed camping along the many Forest Service roads.The North Rim’s season is short: Lodging and many services are only available from May 15 through Oct. 15. Start planning now if you want to visit this summer or fall. Breathtaking views at Point Imperial and Cape Royal plus hikes and scenic drives await.WHAT DOES A PARK RANGER ACTUALLY DO?: A lot more than you know.MORE: Havasu Falls to remain closed to tourists through 2022 seasonNorth Rim 2022 COVID-19 updatesCheck https://www.nps.gov/grca as the season progresses for the latest changes.Masks are optional indoors.Masks may be required on park shuttle buses.The hiker shuttle from Grand Canyon Lodge to the North Kaibab trailhead will be available this year. Shuttle service is offered twice a day; sign up at the lodge.The campground showers and laundry will be open.Mule rides along the rim and into the canyon will be offered. The Grand Canyon Conservancy bookstore and gift shop will be open.How to drive to Grand Canyon’s North RimFrom central Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff. Go east on Interstate 40, get off at Country Club Drive (Exit 201) and take U.S. 89 north to Bitter Springs. There, go left on U.S. 89A to Jacob Lake, then follow State Route 67 south to the North Rim. It’s about 350 miles and a seven-hour drive from Phoenix.VISIT HAWAII CHEAPER: What to know about camping on the islandsGrand Canyon LodgeGrand Canyon Lodge has the only accommodations inside the park.The property consists of the lodge building – which has a restaurant, gathering rooms and a patio with a great view – plus several room options scattered about. From least to most expensive, choose from Frontier cabins, Pioneer cabins and Western cabins. Some Western cabins have rim views; the rest of the lodgings are set in the pines. Motel rooms are also available.Details: 877-386-4383, https://www.grandcanyonforever.com.North Rim CampgroundThe North Rim Campground has 90 spaces for tents and RVs set among the pines. It usually fills up each day. Sites can be reserved online at https://www.recreation.gov, by phone at 877-833-6777 or in person at the campground kiosk.Amenities include restrooms, a general store and a dump station but no hookups. The campground’s showers and laundry will be open.Kaibab LodgeThis rustic property five miles north of the North Rim entrance dates back to about 1926. The setting is forest and meadow, and wildlife is abundant. It’s a true getaway – there are no TVs or telephones, and you won’t have cell service or Wi-Fi.Accommodations consist of cabins in configurations to fit groups of varying sizes. The restaurant will have dine-in and takeout options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch is served grab-and-go style with sandwiches, burritos and other snacks. The lodge is open mid-May through mid-October.Details: 928-638-2389, http://kaibablodge.com.Jacob Lake InnThis one-stop property sits at the junction of U.S. 89A and State Route 67, about 45 miles north of the park entrance. In addition to motel rooms and cabins, Jacob Lake Inn has a restaurant, bakery (trust us – buy some cookies), small grocery shop and a gift shop with an extensive collection of American Indian art. A gas station is adjacent.Details: 928-643-7232, https://www.jacoblake.com.DeMotte CampgroundDeMotte Campground is in Kaibab National Forest near Kaibab Lodge. It has 38 sites with picnic tables, grills and drinking water but no hookups. It’s open from mid-May through mid-October. Reservations can be made at https://www.recreation.gov.Kaibab Camper Village This RV park and campground is in the woods near Jacob Lake Inn. It’s open mid-May through mid-October. Kaibab Camper Village has 40 tent spots, 51 RV spots (water, electric and sewer hookups available) and can accommodate RVs larger than 40 feet. There also are three group campsites, coin-operated showers, a laundry and a store. Visitors can charge their generators during the day.Details: 928-643-7804, https://www.kaibabcampervillage.com.Where to eat at the North RimGrand Canyon Lodge is expecting a return to full dining operations for the 2022 season after curtailing some services in 2021 due to the pandemic. Dinner reservations can be made at https://www.grandcanyonforever.com/dining; breakfast and lunch are first come, first served. Dining hours at the lodge: Breakfast: 6:30-10 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: 4:30-9:30 p.m.Other places to eat at the North Rim: Coffee Bar: Espresso drinks, breakfast burritos and fresh pastries. Hours are 5:30-10 a.m.Deli in the Pines: Grab and go sandwiches and snacks, hot sandwiches, pizza and hot dogs are on the menu. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m.Roughrider Saloon: Snacks and a variety of beverages. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m.The general store sells some groceries, but be sure to bring whatever you’ll want to meet your dietary needs and preferences.There are plenty of places to picnic at the North Rim – sites have tables and some are perched right near the canyon’s edge. Pack a cooler and eat outdoors, or pick up supplies at the general store.Things to do at the Grand Canyon North RimYou could easily spend several days exploring all of the hikes and scenic drives at the North Rim. Here are highlights:Mule rides: Choose from a one-hour rim ride, a three-hour ride to Uncle Jim Point or a three-hour ride into the canyon to Supai Tunnel. Make reservations at at https://www.canyonrides.com.Cape Royal scenic drive: From Grand Canyon Lodge, go north on State Route 67. To the right (east) about a mile beyond the well-signed North Kaibab Trailhead is the road that crosses the Walhalla Plateau to Cape Royal and Point Imperial, two don’t-miss viewpoints. Follow it about five miles to a “T” intersection. Turn south and go about 14 miles to Cape Royal, one of the canyon’s premier viewpoints. A fairly short, easy trail begins on the southeastern side of the parking area and leads out over Angel’s Window, a huge natural arch that juts into the canyon.Point Imperial scenic drive: Point Imperial is three miles north of the “T” intersection that also leads to Cape Royal. At more than 8,800 feet, it is the highest point on either rim and offers unrivaled views, especially of Mount Hayden and Saddle Mountain. An easy, 2-mile trail leads north from Point Imperial through an area burned by 2000’s Outlet Fire. The trail officially ends at the park boundary, but you can continue on to the Nankoweap Trail and Saddle Mountain area.Vista Encantada scenic view: This overlook, several miles south of the “T” junction on the way to Cape Royal, offers impressive views of the Painted Desert to the east.Walhalla Glades: The remains of this prehistoric structure, believed to be almost 1,000 years old, are on the west side of the road a mile or so north of Cape Royal.8 North Rim hikes at a glance► Bright Angel Point: The paved, quarter-mile trail leads from the patio behind Grand Canyon Lodge out along a finger of rock to a magnificent overlook.► Transept Trail: The 1.5-mile-long route snakes along the canyon’s rim northwest of the lodge to North Rim Campground and provides fine views of a side canyon known as the Transept.► Cape Final: About two miles before the end of road to Cape Royal is the Cape Final Trailhead. The four-mile round-trip hike through woods is mostly flat and takes you to several dandy overlooks.► Uncle Jim Trail: This five-mile round trip starts at the North Kaibab Trailhead and follows the Ken Patrick Trail for ¾ mile. At a well-marked junction, turn south on the Uncle Jim Trail, which loops through a forested area to Uncle Jim Point, looking into the canyon.► Widforss Trail: A terrific 10-mile round trip through the forest to a remote viewpoint. Much of the first half skirts the rim of Transept Canyon. The latter half ducks into the woods before emerging at a splendid canyon overlook.► Ken Patrick Trail: This trail meanders 10 miles one way through forest from the North Kaibab Trailhead parking area to Point Imperial. You may want to arrange a shuttle or have someone pick you up at the other end. Some segments are sketchy, so bring a map and compass.► Francois Matthes Trail: This is a rather level, easy-to-follow path through pine and aspen. The overlook at the end is pretty brushy, so don’t expect the sweeping vistas you’ll find at Cape Royal or Point Imperial. But you’ll almost certainly have the overlook to yourself. It’s not a bad trade-off. The hike is a 10.6-mile round trip.► Tiyo Point: This hike begins in a beautiful tree-ringed meadow about 4 miles along the rugged dirt road that leads to Point Sublime. The trail gradually loses elevation as it approaches the canyon. You may not notice on the way out, but you will on the hike back. Tiyo Point is fairly brushy, with restricted views. But a short, unofficial side trail leads to a large open area to the south. The moderately strenuous hike covers 12.6 miles round trip.Republic reporter Weldon B. Johnson contributed to this article.You can connect with Arizona Republic Culture and Outdoors Reporter Shanti Lerner through email at email@example.com or you can also follow her on Twitter.