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.

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. To learn more about wilderness go to www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/wilderness/wilderness-stories. 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.
  • As of June 23, 2021 an entire Kaibab National Forest closure is in effect with no access to all recreation sites like trails, campgrounds, cabins. For details go to www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=66669.

For all trails, cabins and recreational areas please look to the right side of the page and select the + (plus) under "Find An Area". There will be displayed the full listing of recreational sites for each ranger district on the forest. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Arizona Trail #101 ~ North Kaibab Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
For public safety, a 3.5 mile portion of the AZ Trail (North Kaibab) is currently closed due to the impact of the Mangum Fire. For details on where that section is located along with a map please go to www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=62762.
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail #61 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Benham Trail #38 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Trail temporarily closed due to Stage 2 fire restrictions. Details at Bill Williams Mountain Closure.
Big Springs Cabins Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Closed for cabin reservations until further notice due.
Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Trail temporarily closed due to Stage 2 fire restrictions. Details at Bill Williams Mountain Closure.
Bixler Saddle Trail #72 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Trail temporarily closed due to Stage 2 fire restrictions. Details at Bill Williams Mountain Closure.
Brow Monument Trail #108 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Buck Farm Viewpoint Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Buckskinner Trail #130 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Trail temporarily closed due to Stage 2 fire restrictions. Details at Bill Williams Mountain Closure.
Cataract Lake Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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.
City of Williams Link Trail #124 Closed to Visitor Trail temporarily closed due to Stage 2 fire restrictions. Details at Bill Williams Mountain Closure.
Clover Spring Loop Trail #46 Closed to Visitor Trail temporarily closed due to Stage 2 fire restrictions. Details at Bill Williams Mountain Closure.
Crazy Jug Viewpoint #142 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
DeMotte Campground Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Gooseneck Trail #112 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Great Western Trail #150 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Historic Route 66 Auto Tour-Williams to Flagstaff Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Historic Route 66 Mountain Bike Tour Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Hull Cabin Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Generally open May to September. Currently available weekends only with a 2 night minimum and only for a single group. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Indian Hollow Campground Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Jacob Canyon Trail #35 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Jacob Lake Campground Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Generally open end of May through October. For specific dates and reservations contact www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Kai-vav-vi Nature Trail #34 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
If camping at Jacob Lake campground please abide by the reservations system by contacting www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Kaibab Lake Campground and Group Areas Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 to Visitor
Keyhole Sink Trail #114 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Le Fevre Overlook Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Rainbow Rim Trail #10 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Red Butte Trail Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Spring Valley Cabin Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Closed for cabin reservations until further notice due to the health and safety of our visitors and staff.
Stone to Steel Dam Trail Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Sunflower Flat Bike Trail #132 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Swapp Trail #50 Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
Ten-X Campground Closed to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 to Visitor An entire forest closure is in effect. Details at https://bit.ly/KNF-ForestClosure. 
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 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