Welcome to the North Kaibab Ranger District! The district office is located in Fredonia, Arizona, 7 miles south of Kanab, Utah. The district encompasses most of the Kaibab Plateau, with the southern boundary bordering Grand Canyon National Park. A visitor center is located at Jacob Lake, 30 miles south and east of Fredonia at the junction of highways US 89A and AZ 67.
Major John Wesley Powell, the famous explorer of the Colorado River, was the first in written record to apply the term “Kaibab” to the plateau. “Kaibab” is a Paiute Indian word meaning “mountain lying down.”
Most of the Kaibab Plateau was withdrawn from the public domain in 1893 as part of the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt created the Grand Canyon Game Preserve. This area included lands on both sides of the Grand Canyon and essentially all of the North Kaibab Ranger District. In 1908, the forest reserve north of the Grand Canyon, including the game preserve, was renamed the Kaibab National Forest. In 1919, Grand Canyon National Park was created from the Forest Service lands surrounding the Grand Canyon.
In 1934, the Tusayan National Forest south of the Grand Canyon was consolidated into the Kaibab National Forest, forming the present forest boundaries. The forest area north of the Canyon became the North Kaibab
Ranger District, one of the three ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest.
The Kaibab Plateau is an island of forested lands surrounded by the sage, grasslands and canyons of lower elevations. The plateau, with elevations up to 9,000 feet, is bordered on the south by the Grand Canyon, on the east and west by tributary canyons of the Colorado River, and on the north by plains that are dissected by the tiers of uplifted cliffs of the Grand Staircase.
The Tusayan Ranger District is on the northern portion of the Coconino Plateau. It is bordered on the north by Grand Canyon National Park, on the east by the Navajo Indian Reservation, on the south by private and State lands, and on the west by the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
The total area of the Tusayan Ranger District is about 360,000 acres. It lies completely within the watershed of the Colorado River. Elevations range from 5,700 feet in the northeast portion of the Upper Basin to 7,500 feet at Lockett Lake.
The topography of the district is, for the most part, gentle. The exceptions are several steep, intermittent drainages, the Coconino Rim and Red Butte. Along the Coconino Rim, slopes drop abruptly into the Upper Basin. Red Butte reaches an elevation of 7,324 feet.
The Williams Ranger District is on the Coconino Plateau and encircles the City of Williams, Arizona. It is one of three districts within the Kaibab National Forest.
The Williams Ranger District is 550,411 acres in size. It contains headwater tributaries of two main watersheds: the Verde and Colorado Rivers. It has no perennial streams and only a few reliable springs.
The district is cut east and west by Interstate Highway 40. State Highway 64 to the south rim of the Grand Canyon extends to the north. US Highway 180 from Flagstaff to state Highway 64 passes through the northern edge of the district, providing a second route to the Grand Canyon.
Elevations on the district range from 5,500 feet in the southwest to 10,418 feet on Kendrick Mountain near the northeast boundary. Much of the terrain is relatively level except for numerous small knolls, a few mountains, and the escarpment (Mogollon Rim) that cuts diagonally across the southwest section of the forest. The average elevation is approximately 7,000 feet.