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Although it is only 10 miles as the crow flies from the South Rim, and is part of the same National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon provides a different environmental and cultural experience for visitors. Even today, the North Rim remains more remote than the South Rim. Fewer tourists visit this side of the Canyon, and there are fewer accommodations and facilities here, giving many visitors a sense that they are getting more of a wilderness experience here than in the crush of sightseers along the South Rim. The North Rim is also 1,000 feet higher in elevation, giving it a colder, wetter climate. Because the area often gets heavy snows in the winter, the National Park Service only opens it from May to October.