Recreation


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From canyons to prairies, peaks to plateaus, the Kaibab National Forest, which is nestled on the Colorado Plateau, offers layers of opportunity for discovery. The Mogollon Rim forms the southern boundary while extending to the north almost to the Utah border. Meanwhile, the majestic Grand Canyon National Park bisects the center of the forest.

Elevations range from about 3,000 feet to 10,418 feet at the top of Kendrick Mountain. Beginning in low elevation grasslands and sagebrush, the forest steps up through forests of pinyon-juniper and ponderosa pine to fir, spruce and aspen. Summer temperatures range from 50° F at night to 80-90° F during the day. Summer thunderstorms, known as the monsoon, can build up quickly, especially during July and August. Snow is common from December through March.

In all, the entire Kaibab National Forest is approximately 1.6 million acres. This includes four designated wilderness areas totaling about 114,845 acres that are managed for challenge and solitude. The Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Scenic Byway winds through meadows and forest ending at Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim. Opportunities for recreation including developed facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas and viewpoints are plentiful.

A downloadable PDF of the North Kaibab Ranger District Recreation Site Map is available here.

Note: A short list of campgrounds, cabins, overlooks, etc... is briefly listed below in the "Conditions Report", however, for a full list of trails on the forest please either search by using "Select an Activity" or "Find An Area" that is listed by district under Recreation Areas.

Also, if you zoom into the Recreation Map below you will see more details with trails and other activities marked with icons in the forest area of interest.

 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Arizona Trail #101 ~ North Kaibab Open Open
Arizona Trail #101 ~ Tusayan Open Open
Benham Trail #38 Open Open
Big Springs Cabins Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON - PLANNED TO RE-OPEN IN JULY

2024: Rental season dates to be determined - reservations can be made up to six months prior to desired rental date(s) through recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Generally open end of May through October.
Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21 Open Open
Buckskinner Trail #130 Open Open
Cataract Lake Open Open The entrance gate is open to motorized traffic daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Foot travel into the site is not restricted. No overnight camping available. This is a day-use only recreation site.
DeMotte Campground Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEAON

Generally open mid-May to mid-October for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Dogtown Lake Campground Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Dogtown Lake Picnic Site Open Open Day use is available year round, but when the overnight camping season is over, the entry gates are closed. Visitors may park outside of the gates and walk in and fish or picnic. Note: it could be up to 1/4 mile from the gate to the lake.
Hull Cabin Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May to September. Available every day except Wednesdays. For reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Indian Hollow Campground Open Open
JD Dam Open Open
Jacob Lake Campground Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Jacob Lake Group Campground & Picnic Site Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Jumpup Cabin Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

2024: Rental season dates to be determined - reservations can be made up to six months prior to desired rental date(s) through recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777. Generally open end of May through October.
Kaibab Lake Campground and Group Areas Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center - North Kaibab Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Keyhole Sink Trail #114 Open Open
Le Fevre Overlook Open Open
Spring Valley Cabin Open Open The road to Spring Valley Cabin (FR 76) is passable but can become extremely muddy after rainfall.
Stone to Steel Dam Trail Open Open
Tusayan-Montane (formerly Ten-X) Campground Open Open First-come/first-served camping runs from Friday, March 22, 2024 through Monday, September 30, 2024 for the Elk Loop only.

Reservations now available through recreation.gov for Tuesday, May 14 through September 30, 2024 for all sites except in the Elk Loop. 

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
White Horse Lake Campground Closed Closed CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Williams & Forest Service Visitor Center Open Open Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Open 7 days a week except for Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For more information call 928-635-4061.