Griffith Spring Trail No. 189

Area Status: Open

Griffith’s Spring is a shaded and peaceful one-mile loop trail that is close to Flagstaff and is an excellent example of a riparian habitat. James Griffith was a Civil War veteran that came west to homestead in the late 1800’s. The spring was part of the homestead which consisted of over 160 acres of diverse countryside.

Following the trail to the right at the beginning of the loop, you’ll walk through a Ponderosa pine forest on a wide, well-maintained path. The trail follows a small canyon to a tank that forms a stream in late summer months after heavy rains. Near the stream you may see wild iris, lupine and hear western bluebirds, robins and hummingbirds. Continuing on up the trail a short distance you’ll find Griffith’s Spring. This spring runs into Pump House Wash, then eventually into Oak Creek. There is a board crossing the spring, but you will turn around and rejoin the trail going to the right to complete the loop.


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Trails: Griffith Spring No. 189

At a Glance

Current Conditions: During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Usage: Light
Best Season: April - October, depending on winter conditions. Call first to check if trail is open.
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information


Location: Two miles south of Flagstaff, AZ.

GPS (Map): 35°06'54.8"N 111°42'42.6"W

USGS Map: Mountainaire Quad

Directions: Drive south on 89A approximately 2 miles past the Flagstaff Airport exit and Fort Tuthill. The Griffith Springs day-use area is signed appropriately and will be on the left (east) side of Highway 89A.

General Notes:

Rating: Very easy

Season: April through October, depending on winter conditions. Please call the Flagstaff Ranger District Office prior to visiting to confirm trailhead is open.

Facilities: Picnic table, Vault-type toilet


  • No motorized vehicles
  • The trail that follows the stream is a dead end. Do not pass through the culvert at the road or go into the adjacent community.
  • No garbage services; "Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out"
  • No drinking water available

Leave No Trace: Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing these Leave No Trace principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors.

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