DescriptionComprised of three districts north and south of Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest covers 1.6 million acres. The portion north of the canyon includes Grand Canyon National Game Preserve, a thickly forested, domed limestone plateau. The Kaibab Plateau is the only known home of the Kaibab squirrel, a dark gray squirrel with a white tail and tufted ears. The southernmost of the three districts contains volcanic cones and scattered forested peaks.
Big game animals can be seen in roadside meadows and throughout the forest. Fishing can be enjoyed at several lakes. Recreational opportunities within the national forest include camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
The Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Scenic Byway has been described as the most beautiful 42 miles in the United States. The scenic parkway begins at Jacob Lake and winds through dense forests and alpine meadows to culminate at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon; the road is closed mid-October through May.
For further information contact the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center (mid-May through Sept. 30), US 89A and SR 67, Jacob Lake, AZ 86022, phone (928) 643-7298; or the Williams Visitor Center, 200 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046; phone (928) 635-1418.