Kaibab National Forest- North Rim

The North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest encompasses all of the lofty Kaibab Plateau north of the national park boundary, as well as portions of major tributary canyons of the Grand Canyon, including Kanab Creek. The national forest is managed for multiple-use and recreation coexists side-by-side with economic activities such as ranching and logging. Camping, hiking, and mountain biking are popular on the national forest.


Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the forest except where posted otherwise. There are two developed campgrounds on the North Kaibab, DeMotte Park and Jacob Lake. See Camping for more information.

View Points

There are several scenic view points along the east rim of the Kaibab Plateau and overlooking the Grand Canyon that are accessible via dirt forest roads. These include East Rim and Marble Canyon views, and Fire Point. You'll need a high clearance vehicle to reach these viewpoints, and to explore the many other dirt forest roads. A mountain bike is another great way to explore the forest- but be sure to bring plenty of water.


Hikers can choose from a number of trails on the North Kaibab, including a major section of the 800-mile Arizona Trail, which crosses the Kaibab Plateau from the Utah border south to the national park boundary. Most of the Arizona Trail on the Kaibab Plateau is also open to mountain biking and equestrians. See the Hiking page for more information.


Two wilderness areas are located on the Kaibab Ranger District-Saddle Mountain and Kanab Creek wildernesses. Saddle Mountain Wilderness is on the east side of the Kaibab Plateau, just north of Boundary Ridge and Grand Canyon National Park. Kanab Creek Wilderness includes a large portion of Kanab Canyon north of the national park, and west of the Kaibab Plateau. These remote areas provide opportunities for longer hikes and backpack trips.