Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Stage Route

Latitude, Longitude: 35.952059, -112.099804

The Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Stage Route, used from 1892 to 1901, was one of the most popular routes to the Grand Canyon. In addition to commercial stage coaches, it was also used by private coaches and horseback riders. This road angled northwest out of Flagstaff and ended at the Grandview Hotel on Grandview Point, inside what is now Grand Canyon National Park. One of the three stage stops enroute was at Moqui Tanks. Water was probably hauled here from Cedar Ranch, another stage stop, and stored in a cistern which is still evident at the site. In 1894, two area sheepmen settled a disagreement at Moqui Tanks with a shootout in which one of the sheepman was killed. The resulting chase led the local sheriff all the way to New Mexico.

Directions

Directions from Tusayan: Take FR 302 east from Highway 64/180, just south of Tusayan, to FR 310, just south of Grandview Lookout Tower. Today's FR 301 generally follows the old Flagstaff to Grand Canyon stage route. From the junction of FR 310 and FR 302, drive south on FR 310 for a short distance to FR 301. Head right onto FR 301 and follow this road south to the forest boundary. Remains of the Moqui Stage Station can be seen on the east side of FR 301, just south of its junction with FR 313.While it is possible to continue south of the forest boundary to Highway 180, it is not recommended. The roads are unmarked and not maintained. It is easy to become lost. Instead, retrace the route north on FR 301 to the junction with FR 320. Turn left (west) and follow FR 320 to Highway 180/64.FR 302, FR 310, and FR 320 are suitable for passenger vehicles in dry weather. FR 301 is recommended for high clearance vehicles.