|Kaibab National Forest is part of the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the United States.Kaibab (pronounced kie-bab) is one of six National Forests in Arizona operating under the care of the USDA Forest Service. The forest is nestled on the Colorado Plateau with the Mogollon Rim forming the southern boundary. Grand Canyon National Park bisects the center of the forest. To the north, the forest extends almost to the Arizona-Utah boarder.Elevations on the Kaibab National Forest range from about 3,000 feet in the lowlands 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 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.Bordering both the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, the 1.6 million acres of the Kaibab National Forest has the distinction of being divided by one of nature's greatest attractions: the Grand Canyon.Points of interest in the Kaibab National Forest are the North Kaibab high country where pine, spruce and aspen forests with open meadows are particularly striking in fall; Bill Williams and Sitgreaves Mountains, Cataract Lake, White Horse Lake, Dogtown Lake, Kaibab Lake, and four designated Wilderness Areas - Kendrick Mountain, Saddle Mountain, Kanab Creek and Sycamore Canyon.Other attractions in the Kaibab National Forest are Grand Canyon National Game Preserve's famous North Kaibab deer herd, a wild buffalo herd, and the unique Kaibab squirrel. Wildlife is frequently seen, as are vivid geologic formations. From the Kaibab National Forest, you can access the Grand Canyon's north and south rims. The Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Scenic Byway winds through meadows and forest ending at Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim.Opportunities for recreation abound, including developed facilities such as campgrounds, picnic areas, viewpoints and snow sports. 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.Additional recreational opportunities in the Kaibab National Forest include scenic drives, viewing vistas, lake fishing, riding and hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and hunting for big game, upland birds and waterfowl.Wildlife viewing is a popular activity in the Kaibab National Forest; elk, mule deer, antelope, turkey, coyote, mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, and many more animals can be seen in the forest.|
|Facilities: There are several campgrounds in Kaibab National Forest.|
Best Time To Visit: The Kaibab National Forest is open year round. During the summer, temperatures may reach 90 degrees or warmer, during the day but dip to the 50s at night. July and August are usually the rainy season, which brings brief but often-violent thunderstorms across the Kaibab National Forest.
Fees: Fees may be charged for some of the campgrounds within the Kaibab National Forest. Permits for minerals, firewood, and commercial uses are required; they are available at all district offices.
Accessibility: Areas of the forest are accessible.
Rules: Motorized vehicles are prohibited on many of the trails in Kaibab National Forest. Pets must be kept on-leash at all times.
Directions: The Kaibab National Forest lies in northern Arizona, bordering the north and south sides the Grand Canyon National Park. The Kaibab National Forest is headquartered in Williams, Arizona, along Interstate 40, with offices also in Fredonia and Tusayan.
Map: Click here for a map to Kaibab National Forest
Reservations: Reservations are accepted for some of the campgrounds within the Kaibab National Forest.
|Kaibab National Forest|
|800 South 6th Street|
|Williams, Arizona 86046|
|General: (928) 635-8200|
|TTY: (928) 635-8222|