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 for more trail information.

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Big Springs Cabins Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Nov. 30, depending on weather.
Cataract Lake Open to Visitor Open year-round for day-use only. No overnight camping.
DeMotte Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 14 to Oct. 15 for overnight camping, depending on weather.
Dogtown Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Oct. 1 for overnight camping, depending on weather. At other times, open for day use only.
Hull Cabin Closed to Visitor Generally open April 1 to Oct. 1, depending on weather.
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 and Group Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 14 to Oct. 15 for overnight camping, depending on weather.
Jumpup Cabin Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Nov. 30, depending on weather
Kaibab Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Oct. 1 for the Upper Loop and May 1 to Oct. 8 for the Lower Loop for overnight camping, depending on weather. Some sites may be available into October, but call ahead to check - (928) 635-5600. At other times of the year, open for day use only.
Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center Closed to Visitor Generally open May 15 to Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the visitor center at (928) 643-7298 or (928) 643-7395.
Spring Valley Cabin Open to Visitor Generally open year-round.
Ten-X Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Oct. 16 for overnight camping, depending on weather.
White Horse Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Generally open May 1 to Oct. 1 for overnight camping, depending on weather.
Williams and 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.