Recreation

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.

Four designated wildernesses 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.

Over 300 miles of trails, some clinging to the rims of the Grand Canyon, allow you to step off the beaten path into uncrowded landscapes. See the North Kaibab Ranger District Trails & Viewpoints, Tusayan Ranger District Trails and Williams Ranger District Trails for more information.

  • Review our Alerts & Warnings page to see if there are any advisories in place for the area you will be visiting. This page includes a detailed map showing any areas or roads that may be under temporary closures. On this page, by choosing "View larger map" and selecting a specific basemap from the legend, you will receive additional details.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail #61 Open to Visitor
Big Springs Cabins Closed to Visitor The Big Springs Cabins are closed for the 2020 season. They are anticipated to reopen for public reservation in May 2021.
Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21 Closed to Visitor The Bill Williams Mountain watershed is temporarily closed due to the area's susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe wildfire and the post-wildfire flooding that would result. Details and map at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=59384
Bixler Saddle Trail #72 Closed to Visitor The Bill Williams Mountain watershed is temporarily closed due to the area's susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe wildfire and the post-wildfire flooding that would result. Details and map at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=59384
Buckskinner Trail #130 Closed to Visitor The Bill Williams Mountain watershed is temporarily closed due to the area's susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe wildfire and the post-wildfire flooding that would result. Details and map at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=59384
Bull Basin Trail #40 Open to Visitor
Cataract Lake Open to Visitor 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.
City of Williams Link Trail #124 Closed to Visitor The Bill Williams Mountain watershed is temporarily closed due to the area's susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe wildfire and the post-wildfire flooding that would result. Details and map at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=59384
Clover Spring Loop Trail #46 Closed to Visitor The Bill Williams Mountain watershed is temporarily closed due to the area's susceptibility to uncharacteristically severe wildfire and the post-wildfire flooding that would result. Details and map at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=59384
DeMotte Campground Open to Visitor 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 Open to Visitor Dogtown Lake Campground opened for the overnight camping season on May 18. While the single-family campsites are open at Dogtown Lake Campground, the group camping area will remain closed until mitigation measures that support federal, state and local public health guidelines can be implemented. 
Dogtown Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Great Western Trail #150 Open to Visitor
Historic Route 66 Auto Tour-Williams to Flagstaff Open to Visitor
Historic Route 66 Mountain Bike Tour Open to Visitor
Hull Cabin Closed to Visitor Hull Cabin is closed through at least July 31st, 2020.
Indian Hollow Campground Open to Visitor
JD Dam Open to Visitor The JD Dam area is open. However, restroom facilities are temporarily closed.
Jacob Lake Campground Open to Visitor Generally open mid-May to mid-October for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and group campground sites reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Jumpup Cabin Closed to Visitor
Kaibab Lake Campground and Group Areas Open to Visitor Kaibab Lake Campground opened for the overnight camping season on May 18. While the single-family campsites are open at Kaibab Lake Campground, the group camping area will remain closed until mitigation measures that support federal, state and local public health guidelines can be implemented. 
Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center - North Kaibab Closed to Visitor
Kendrick Mountain Trail #22 Open to Visitor The Kendrick Mountain Trail is open. However, restroom facilities are temporarily closed.
Keyhole Sink Trail #114 Open to Visitor
Le Fevre Overlook Open to Visitor
Overland Road Historic Trail #113 Open to Visitor
Pumpkin Trail #39 Open to Visitor
Rainbow Rim Trail #10 Open to Visitor
Red Butte Trail Open to Visitor
Russell Tank Open to Visitor
Spring Valley Cabin Closed to Visitor Spring Valley Cabin is closed indefinitely to public reservation.
Stone to Steel Dam Trail Open to Visitor
Sunflower Flat Bike Trail #132 Open to Visitor
Ten-X Campground Open to Visitor Ten-X Campground opened for the overnight camping season on May 18. While the single-family campsites are open at Ten-X Campground, the group camping area will remain closed through July 31st, 2020.
White Horse Lake Campground Open to Visitor White Horse Lake Campground opened for the overnight camping season on May 18. While the single-family campsites are open at White Horse Lake Campground, the group camping area will remain closed until mitigation measures that support federal, state and local public health guidelines can be implemented. 
Williams & Forest Service Visitor Center Open to Visitor 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.
Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/kaibab/recreation