Keyhole Sink Trail #114

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A photo of Keyhole Sink in summer

This trail provides the visitor with an easy-to-hike pathway to a scenic box canyon where prehistoric residents left their mark carved into the canyon's gray volcanic walls. Roughly 1,000 years ago, some ancient artisan or artisans pecked images into the dark basalt using another rock as a tool. These images are called petroglyphs. The message that they portray suggests that the area was important to that ancient communicator as a hunting ground. One of the petroglyphs is a dramatic depiction of a deer herd entering the canyon. Take note of that and keep a sharp eye. This area is still an excellent place to encounter wildlife. While you're visiting the Keyhole Sink Trail, please respect the irreplaceable traces of the past that you find along it. Leave them undisturbed so that others may enjoy them as you have.

The trail traverses easy terrain through a ponderosa pine forest. The return trip from Keyhole Sink is over the same trail. The trail is marked for cross-country skiing with blue triangles.

Rock Art Documentation of the Keyhole Site (9 mb .pdf) details the restoration and repair efforts undertaken to clean up and preserve the Keyhole Sink Trail.

Photos of Keyhole Sink Interpretive Site at 

Trifold Brochure of Keyhole Sink Interpretive Site (7 mb .pdf)

At a Glance

Restrictions: No motorized vehicles.

General Information


Access: From Williams, take I-40 east to the Pitman Valley exit #171. Turn left and cross over the interstate. Proceed east (right) on Historic Route 66 for about 2 miles to the Oak Hill Snow Play Area. The trail begins across Historic Route 66 on the north side of the road. Please park in the lot provided. From Flagstaff, take the Parks exit #178. Turn right (north) and then turn left (west) onto Historic Route 66. Drive west for about 4 miles to the trailhead.

Travel Time: About 20 minutes from Williams to the trailhead.

Road Conditions: Paved all the way.

General Notes:

Keyhole Sink in winter with people playing in the snow

Flowing waterfalls with visitors having fun in the snow.

A closeup image of the Keyhole Sink petroglyphs


View of the historic petroglyphs that were restored in 2010.

A photo of Keyhole Sink waterfalls in the summer

View of water gushing from the snow melt at Keyhole Sink.



To visit this site you must park at the Oak Hill Snow Play parking area across the street from the trailhead leading to Keyhole Sink Interpretive Site.

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