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 Trails, Tusayan District Trails and Williams District Trails for more information.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Springs Cabins Open to Visitor The last night to camp at Big Springs Cabins for the 2017 season is Nov. 2. Dates will vary depending on weather conditions.
Cataract Lake Open to Visitor The entrance gate will open daily at 07:00 am and be closed at sunset each evening. Foot travel into the site will not be restricted. No overnight camping available.
DeMotte Campground Open to Visitor The last night to camp at DeMotte Campground for the 2017 season is Oct. 14. The campground will close for the winter season on Oct. 15 at noon.
Dogtown Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open April 28 to Oct. 1 for overnight camping, depending on weather. At other times, open for day use only.
Hull Cabin Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Oct. 1, depending on weather. Available by reservation only at www.recreation.gov.
Indian Hollow Campground Open to Visitor Open year-round. Indian Hollow is a dispersed camping area with designated fire rings, not a traditional campground.
Jacob Lake Campground Open to Visitor The last night to camp at Jacob Lake Campground for the 2017 season is Oct. 18. The campground will close for the winter season on Oct. 19 at noon.
Jacob Lake Group Campground & Picnic Site Open to Visitor The last night to camp at the Jacob Lake Group Site Campground for the 2017 season is Oct. 18. The Campground will close for the winter season on Oct. 19 at noon.
Jumpup Cabin Open to Visitor The last night to camp at Jump Up cabin for the 2017 season is Nov. 2. Dates will vary depending on weather conditions.
Kaibab Lake Campground and Group Areas Closed to Visitor Generally open April 28 to Oct. 1 for overnight camping, depending on weather. At other times, open for day use only.
Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center Open to Visitor Beginning Oct. 21 through Nov. 26, the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake will only be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During these hours, fuelwood permits will be available to purchase at the Visitor Center.
Spring Valley Cabin Open to Visitor Generally open year-round. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.
Ten-X Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 26 to Oct. 1 for overnight camping, depending on weather.
White Horse Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open April 28 to Oct. 1 for overnight camping, depending on weather.
Williams & Forest Service Visitor Center Open to Visitor Open year-round. Generally open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., 7 days per week, during the summer months. During other times of the year, generally open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days per week.