Officials push for extended Grand Canyon season

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Tourism officials are looking for ways to keep the Grand Canyon's North Rim open longer.

And they say climate change could be working in their favor.
    
Overnight services at the less popular North Rim shut down in mid-October. The highway leading there closes each year on Dec. 1 or with the first significant snowfall. Everything reopens May 15.
    
But with less snowfall, the tourism industry sees an opportunity to bring in more visitors and more revenue to the region.
    
The Grand Canyon says it can do a better job marketing day-use at the North Rim. Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski says any long-term plan has to factor in water delivery systems and seasonal employment.
    
Any major changes would be years away.
 

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