The roads on both sides of the Black Canyon are now open for the 2011 season as of a few days ago. Camping is available, but please remember to bring your own water right now. Please fill out a permit and sign the white board at the ranger station on the North Rim, or stop in at the visitor center and fill out a permit on the South Rim. Also... Gandalf's Beard was looking to be in great shape as viewed from the N. Rim today. You can drive the road and park right above the climb instead of skiing the 3.5 miles each way.