Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

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Kaibab National Forest

Arizona

(928) 635-8200

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Overview

If you haven't been to the Kaibab National Forest yet, you must come! From canyons to prairies, peaks to plateaus, the Kaibab National Forest offers layers of opportunity for peace, solitude and discovery.

The forest is nestled on the Colorado Plateau. The Mogollon Rim forms the south boundary. Grand Canyon National Park bisects the center of the forest. To the north, the forest extends almost to the border with Utah.

Elevations range from about 3,000 feet to 10,418 feet at the top of Kendrick Mountain. Beginning in low elevation grasslands and sagebrush, the forest steps up through forests of pinyon-juniper and ponderosa pine to fir, spruce and aspen. Summer temperatures range from 50° F at night to 80-90° during the day. Summer thunderstorms, known as the monsoon, can build up quickly, especially during July and August. Snow is common from December through March.

Opportunities for recreation abound, including developed facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, viewpoints and snow sports. Over 300 miles of trails, some clinging to the rims of the Grand Canyon, allow you to step off the beaten path into uncrowded landscapes. Four designated Wildernesses are managed for challenge and solitude. The Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Scenic Byway winds through meadows and forest ending at Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim.

Spring Valley Cabin was built in 1917. It served as the residence for "Rangers" who worked at the Guard Station. The "bunkhouse" was the original office. The cabin is still occasionally used as a field station for Forest Service employees. You are encouraged to enjoy the peace and quiet spectacular views, wildlife viewing opportunities, nearby cross country ski trails and time "away from it all". Rent out this amazing location!

Map of Kaibab Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 35.054822, -112.099220

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Several bike trails are available. Inquire with the rangers upon arrival for direction to clear trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Grand Canyon is just 60 miles away.

    In addition, a number of forest attractions are easily accessible from your campsite, including the Spring Valley and Historic Route 66 scenic drives. About 4 miles (6.5 km) northeast of Williams off AZ 64. From Williams, take I-40 east 2 miles to Exit 165; turn north onto AZ 64 and go about 2 miles to the campground entrance on your left. Paved and all-weather gravelled roads are suitable for passenger cars.

  • Camping

    Kaibab Lake is a pleasant place to spend a few hours or a few days. It is located just a couple of miles outside the town of Williams in the Williams Ranger District. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout as well as brown and brook trout. Channel cats are occasionally stocked too. The area around the campground offers sightseeing as well.

    Campground amenities include: # 63 campsites with tables and fire rings, 61 single family, 2 double family sites.6 campsites are wheelchair accessible. # One large group area with ramada and picnic tables, 2 grills, and 14 individual family sites. One small group area with ramada and picnic tables and two individual family sites. # Tents, trailers, and motorhomes up to 35 feet can be accommodated, but no utility hookups are available. # Composting toilets and Pit toilets, garbage bins, and recycle collection bins. # Potable water, hydrants located throughout the campground. Filling water tanks in motorhomes and RV's not allowed due to limted supply. Potable water supply for drinking water only. # Small boat ramp, wheelchair accessible fishing pier. # Sewage dump station available. # Amphitheater and occasional weekend daytime and evening interpretive programs. # Campground hosts on-site available to assist you.

    Note: Kaibab Lake Campground is currently closed until late 2011.

  • Fishing

    Estuary fishing, ice fishing, lake and pond fishing, river and stream fishing, and salt water fishing are available.

  • Hiking

    Areas for Backpacking at North Kaibab Ranger District

    * Arizona Trail * Kanab Creek Wilderness * Saddle Mountain Wilderness

    Areas for Day Hiking at North Kaibab Ranger District

    * Lookout Canyon Trail #120 * Lookout Canyon Trail #121 * Lookout Canyon Trail #122 * Rainbow Rim Trail

  • Historic Sites

    This steel lookout tower and two-room cabin were built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Lookout towers represent the U.S. Forest Service's long-standing commitment to fire detection and control.

    In the first years after the Forest Service was established in 1905, fire guards patrolled the forest on horseback. The earliest form of lookout structure was simply a platform mounted on a tree. The fire guard would climb the tree, spot the fire and then report it. Eventually, permanent stations such as this one were established.

    This site is now a trailhead for the Arizona Trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Three trails are recommended for horseback riding: Lookout Canyon Trails 120, 121, and 122.

  • Hunting

    Big Game Hunting is regulated by the state of Arizona and allowed on the Kaibab National Forest during open seasons with applicable permits. Contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department for more information on open dates and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Jacob Lake Picnic Site is located in the Jacob Lake Group Campground. The Grand Canyon's North Rim is 44 miles to the south. The Jacob Lake area offers excellent opportunities for hiking, sightseeing, and wildlife viewing. The site is located 30 miles south and east of Fredonia at the intersection of US 89A and AZ 67. Blacktop highways.

  • RVing

    RV amenities are available.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice skating, mushing/skijoring, skiing/snowboarding, sledding/tubing, snowmobiling, XC skiing/snowshoeing.

Directions

Driving

About 4 miles (6.5 km) northeast of Williams off AZ 64.

From Williams, take I-40 east 2 miles to Exit 165; turn north onto AZ 64 and go about 2 miles to the campground entrance on your left. Paved and all-weather gravelled roads are suitable for passenger cars.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(928) 635-8200

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