Special Places

No matter where you go on the forest, the Williams, Tusayan or North Kaibab Ranger Districts, you will be blown away by the natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and outstanding recreational opportunities. We encourage you to spend time exploring Kaibab National Forest and all it has to offer.

Sycamore Canyon Falls

Sycamore Canyon Falls will fall leaves and water


The Sycamore Canyon Falls is within the canyon and the wilderness. The Sycamore Rim Trail was first proposed in 1975. Sycamore Falls is a popular rock climbing area.

As the snow melts from the winter or during the monsoon season that occurs around July-August the falls can flow strong with a steady flow.

In the off seasons from the snow and rains, there usually no flow over the falls but a limited amount of water will reside at the bottom and in the fall the Oak and Sycamore trees change displaying beautiful colors. See photos of this majestic area.

There are a few ways to get to the falls and you can learn more about Sycamore Rim Trail #45 as well as many other trails on our Recreation activity page.




  • Grandview Lookout Tower

    Trailhead with fire lookout tower

    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. This site is now a trailhead for the Arizona Trail.

  • Kanab Creek Wilderness

    Desert rock with horse drinking water

    Flowing from its origin some 50 miles to the north in southern Utah, Kanab Creek and its tributaries have cut a network of vertical-walled gorges deep into the Kanab and Kaibab Plateaus. Elevations range from near 2,000 feet at the river to 6,000 feet at the rim's edge. Kanab Creek Wilderness Access Map Landscapes Photo Album

  • Stone to Steel Dam

    Top portion of the dam where you can walk on

    The Stone and Steel Dams were built by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to store water for use for the railroad operations. The Ashfork Development Association, along with the Ashfork Museum and Information Center, help to manage the dam and reservoir which are open to the public for recreation and are accessible via a two track road located just north of Historic Route 66. The Steel Dam, is located about 0.5 miles down the drainage (to the west) of the Stone Dam on land managed by the Kaibab National Forest.


Fall Colors on the Forest

Red and yellow fall colored trees with road alongsideEmbrace the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves this autumn season. Starting up on the North Kaibab district then the Williams district and then some changing leaves on the Tusayan district near the south Grand Canyon.

You will find more detailed information by going to Experience Fall Colors on the Kaibab National Forest.

Recreation Areas