Kaibab National Forest in Arizona

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Kaibab National Forest

Believe it or not there’s more than one national forest in the Northern Arizona area and that means more places for you to hike, bike and play.

  • You can camp and fish in the same areas at Kaibab National Forest. 
  • If you enjoy outdoor activities you can hike around the forest. 
  • If you’d rather explore the forest a different way, then hop on a mountain bike and go!

What can I see and do at Kaibab National Forest?

If you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon stop at Kaibab National Forest to break up the drive and let off some steam. 

Hiking: This national forest offers over twenty hiking trails for you to enjoy. 

  • Bill Williams Mountain Trail: With beautiful views and dense vegetation this trail will take you through the forest up Bill Williams Mountain, which is close to the town of Williams, Arizona, for an 8.5 mile hike. 
  • City of Williams Link Trail: This trail, which can be accessed from Williams, is great for a quick, sweet insider’s view of the forest. This link trail offers hikers several short loop trails that are only about 2 miles long. 
  • Clover Spring Loop Trail: This trail is at the base of Bill Williams Mountains and is great for a short hike (2 miles for the loop) and even better if you want to hike you’re way to the Bill Williams Mountain trail. 
  • Pumpkin Trail: If you want to really see all that Kaibab National Forest has to offer, this trail is for you. It will take you from the base of Kendrick Mountain to the peak and along the way you will see a transformation of the forest plant life. Link this trail with the Bull Basin trail for an 11 mile hike. Part of the trail shadows an old sheepherder’s path. 

Camping: There are both dispersed and designated campgrounds in the area.

  • Dogtown Lake Campground: This scenic campsite with great hiking trails costs $20 for a single site and $32 for a double. You can make reservations for the campsite and also reserve a Ramada picnic site for $25 and firewood wood for $5. Open season varies on weather and road restrictions. 
  • Kaibab Lake Campground: There’s nothing like camping on the waterfront and at this campsite you can do just that. The site has composting and pit toilets, garbage and recycle bins, potable water for drinking, a small boat ramp, small amphitheatre, picnic area and sewage dump station. It is $20 per night; day use of a campsite is only $5 but is only good until 4:00p.m. Firewood, ice, bait and fishing permits are also available. Open season varies on weather and road restrictions. 
  • White Horse Lake Campground: This large and popular campsite is great for social butterflies that enjoy meeting new people. It is $20 per night for a single site and $32 for a double. 

Biking: Travel the trails on two wheels on one of the numerous biking routes inside the forest. 

  • Devil Dog Loop: This outdoor mountain biking trail runs along the 1932 Route 66 and is roughly a 7 mile bike ride through the forest. 
  • Sycamore Point Trail: Jump on your bike for 4 miles up to Sycamore Point to see sprawling views of Sycamore Canyon. 
  • Ash Fork Hill Loop: Follow the 1922 track of Route 66 for a nice 6 mile bike ride on a steep, rough trail. 

Fishing: There are numerous places to fish in the Kaibab forest. Most fishing places are close to the above campsites. Fishing permits are required.

Where is Kaibab National Forest?

Kaibab National Forest is a 40 mile drive from Flagstaff along the I-40 West.

When is Kaibab National Forest open?

The forest is open all year-round although portions of it might be closed during parts of the year due to fire or weather restrictions. Call the Ranger’s office for more information.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

You can call the Kaibab National Forest at (928) 635-8200. Campground reservations can be made here: http://www.recreation.gov/