Described as “the most pleasant 44 miles in America,” this scenic drive’s picturesque surroundings have earned it state and national designations as a scenic byway. From Jacob Lake to the Grand Canyon, the road lets visitors appreciate Northern Arizona’s endless beauty.
Starting near Jacob Lake on State Route 67, much of the drive is through Kaibab National Forest’s diverse landscape of forests, meadows, grasslands, limestone facings, and ponds. During the spring, get an eye full of color from a variety of wildflowers blooming alongside the byway. Ending at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, the beauty never ceases as the view only becomes more breathtaking.
The Jacob Lake Recreation Area is an ideal place to camp, hike, mountain bike, and bird watch, especially during the summer when day temperatures are moderate and the nights cool. It’s also just 44 miles from the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is less populated than the South Rim, which means less hustle and bustle and more rustic, quiet features. There’s an abundance of hiking and wildlife viewing. The Grand Canyon National Park also bisects the Kaibab National Forest, which surrounds most of the scenic parkway.
The Kaibab National Forest encompasses a variety of recreation, the most popular being camping and hiking. There are various picnic areas and viewpoints along the parkway, so take your time and stop at a few to embrace the natural beauty and serenity of Northern Arizona.
Various campgrounds are available along the parkway in the Kaibab National Forest.
Jacob Lake Campground features two group sites that can accommodate 100 people each. The North Rim Campground allows camping from May 15 – October 15.
The Grand Canyon Lodge is the only hotel within the North Rim area of the park. It’s closed during the winter and opens May 15 – October 15. Smaller cabins and lodges can be found outside of the park as well.
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