General Crook Trail #140

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Crook Trail is named after General George Crook, the Commander of the Military Department of Arizona in 1871. The General Crook trail is 58.9 miles long. It begins at Coconino National Forest and ends at Cottonwood Trail. 

At a Glance

Best Season: Spring through Fall
  • No overnight camping is allowed within the 200-foot wide corridor of the trail or within 1/4 mile from water sources; this allows wildlife to use the water sources, too.
  • The use of motorized vehicles is prohibited unless otherwise designated and signed.
Information Center: Black Mesa Ranger District
(928) 535-7300 
TTY: (928) 535-3213 

General Information


The trail can be accessed on the Black Mesa Ranger Districts from the west by means of Forest Road 300 south of Knolls Lake. An easy way to find the trail is by visiting the Rim Visitor Center on State Highway 260. The trail passes just east of the Center and is well-marked. There are also numerous roads south of State Highway 260 that bisect the trail. Major trailheads are at Military Sinkhole and Al Fulton Point.

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  Area/Length : 
57 miles on the district, 138 miles total

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  Elevation : 
6,500 feet - 7,900 feet