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“A great alternative to the National Park”

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Owner description: Parkland consisting of more than 1.5 million acres that border the north and south rims of Grand Canyon National Park.
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.

Thank wildflower514
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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 we saw of both sides of the forest was by car, but there are roads that lead to trials and stopping places/RV and camp sites. As you drive south from Jacob Lake to the North Rim, you'll see a vast area scarred by fire. I had never seen a burnt forest before; very surreal; then it transforms to open meadows flanked by pines. Absolutely lovely!

Thank ChicagoTexas
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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.

Thank SgtMom2
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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.

Thank hawaiibased
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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 drive into the Kaibab National Forest on one of the dirt Forest Service roads, find an area, and set up camp. No fees involved. However, there is no water, no bathrooms, no electricity,

There are a few "don'ts"--don't camp in meadows, don't camp within 1/4 mile of the highway or surface water, don't dump any water from an RV. The expectation is that you will pack out what you take in.

Depending on the fire danger, you may or may not be allowed to have a campfire. Be certain to check at the Visitor Center regarding open fires.

Being the only souls around in this beautiful place is a humbling, healing experience.

1  Thank kmesaaz
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