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Kaibab National Forest

U.S. 89A/AZ 67, Jacob Lake, AZ
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Jacob Lake
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Forests, National Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Biking, Viewing wildlife, Horseback riding, Picnicking, Hiking
Description: Parkland consisting of more than 1.5 million acres that border the north and south rims of Grand Canyon National Park.
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134 reviews 134 reviews
83 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This forest goes on forever. There are alot of scenic pull outs as well as stops to take photos. Gas services and food are minimal - Top your tank off is a must. Does have some steep grades in areas.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The park was shutdown this trip and we did 8 days of hiking in the forest area and found it to be as beautiful and awe inspiring as the national park and quite a bit quieter too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The forest starts on the South Rim of the Canyon, continues on the North Rim. The North side is way different than South. Trees on the South side are shorter, "shrubbier" but plenty of deer/elk wildlife. North is towering pines and meadows; also full of deer and if lucky, you'll see the bison (near North Rim entrance of Canyon). All... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We love nature, love the forest, love Smokey Bear. What's not to love about ponderosa pines, cedars, pinyon, russian olive and cliff roses? We stayed in a national forest campground on the Kaibab Plateau for two weeks and had an excellet time camping & hiking. Fire restrictions are very high this year and for good reason.

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Santa Rosa, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Good roads through Ponderosa forests, meadows of wildflowers, en route to the less-frequently visited North Rim. Drive takes about 50-60 minutes; possible stops for pictures, a soda or snack at the one small market en route (near Kaibab Lodge). Very enjoyable.

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Mesa, AZ
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106 reviews 106 reviews
48 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Dispersed camping is allowed in the Kaibab National Forest. If you choose to camp in the Kaibab National Forest you may be the only people in the area. Peaceful, quiet, beautiful. Before you do this, stop at the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake. Get road conditions, fire conditions, and info on the Dispersed Camping process. Basically, you may... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We camped in Ten-X campground, which is just outside of the town of Tusayan on the South Rim for two nights. The sites are large and level and can accommodate large motor homes.There are few amenities however the beauty of your surroundings should be amenity enough! There are vault toilets near to the sites that were surprisingly clean. Should you... More

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This was so much better than we expected. The sites are gravel, but clean and well-placed for some privacy. The camp hosts were welcoming and active, making patrols every half hour or so in the evening, not intrusive, but aware and ready to help as needed. The pit toilets were surprisingly clean , and the camp hosts had taken extra... More

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Stafford, Virginia
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23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

We were on our way to the North Rim from Kanab and WOW! What a beautiful drive! Completely unexpected. Definitely worth the visit! Breezy and cool winds, pine and aspen trees, and we spotted two elk herds and a coyote.

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Seattle, Washington
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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We are trail stewards and maintain only one section... 8 miles. We do annual maintenance to clear the trail, renew the markings and let the Forest Service know of any major work that needs to be done. The trail is easy in this area and goes through beautiful open forest. Beware as you go south, though, past Jacob's Lake, as... More

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