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Kaibab National Forest Visitor Map, North Kaibab Ranger District

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Welcome to the North Kaibab Ranger District. Kaibab (pronounced kī-bab) is a Paiute Indian word meaning “mountain lying down.” The plateau is an “island” of forested lands and mixed conifers peaking at 9,000 feet surrounded by sage and grasslands at lower elevations. The plateau is bordered on the south by Grand Canyon National Park. The remaining sides are surrounded by various land types that contribute to the Arizona Strip. Whether the North Kaibab is your main destination or a quick stop, this map will provide information of the various recreational opportunities available to those visiting the North Kaibab Ranger District. There are developed campgrounds and back-country camping for the more rugged experience. There are many trails for your hiking, backpacking, equestrian, or biking enjoyment. Some trails are easy, while others are offer a greater challenge for the adventurous visitor. We hope the information in this map will help you get the most out of your visit to the Kaibab Plateau. For more information, visit your North Kaibab Ranger Station. HISTORICAL AND RECREATIONAL PLACES Jacob Lake Situated high in the pine forests at an elevation of 7,925 feet, Jacob Lake, a tiny dot on the map, offers useful services and a bit of history. The nearby lake, actually just a sinkhole, is named for Mormon missionary and explorer Jacob Hamblin. Jacob Lake Inn, the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center, and Jacob Lake Campground lie near the AZ 67 turnoff for the Grand Canyon North Rim. Jacob Lake Ranger Station Built in 1910, this ranger station is one of the oldest in the U.S. Forest Service. Open seasonally, you can step back in time and experience the no-frills interior of the 2-room cabin. From U.S. 89A, head south 0.3 mile on AZ 67, turn right onto Forest Road 461 and drive 0.7 miles to Forest Road 282, turn left onto Forest Road 282 and drive 0.2 miles. The rustic Jacob Lake Ranger Station will be on your left. Lookout Towers Jacob lake lookout offers views of plateaus and mountains as far off as Utah to the north. It is located just 1 mile south of Jacob Lake on AZ 67, between mileposts 580 and 581, from U.S. 89A. Dry Park Lookout features great views from a 125-foot tower southwest of Jacob Lake. These and other lookouts shown on the map within the Kaibab National Forest welcome visitors when they’re staffed. Le Fevre Overlook With a fine panorama of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the north, Le Fevere Overlook also offers you a view of Kanab nestled below the Vermilion Cliffs. Located between Jacob Lake and Fredonia, the pullout, stone shelter, and restrooms lie on the north side of U.S. 89A between mileposts 590 and 591. East Rim Viewpoint A paved trail leads 300 yards from the parking area/restrooms to the east edge of the Kaibab Plateau (elev. 8,800 feet), where you can take in expansive vistas across the Marble Canyon area. It’s also a great place to enjoy sunrises and sunsets, enhanced by colors reflecting off the distant Vermilion Cliffs and Painted Desert. Camping isn’t permitted within one-half mile of the viewpoint, but good places for dispersed camping lie in the conifer and aspen forests nearby. Directions: from AZ 67 in De Motte Park (0.8 mile south of the North Rim Country Store), turn east 4.2 miles on Forest Road 611. Cars and small RVs can easily travel the gravel road in good weather. Driving time from Fredonia: 1 hour and 15 minutes; from Jacob Lake: 45 minutes. Marble Viewpoint Located southeast of East Rim Viewpoint, Marble Viewpoint provides another perspective of Saddle Mountain Wilderness, Marble Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs, and beyond. Directions: from AZ 67 in De Motte Park (0.8 mile south of the Kaibab Lodge), turn east onto Forest Road 611. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Forest Road 610 and drive 4.7 miles to Forest Road 219. Turn left onto Forest Road 219 and follow it to its end. Crazy Jug Point At an elevation of 7,500 feet, Crazy Jug Point is a breathtaking overlook of the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River comes out from behind the Powell Plateau, wraps around Great Thumb Mesa, then winds far downstream. Dark, forested volcanoes of Mt. Trumbull and the rest of the Uinkaret Mountains rise to the west. Directly below are Crazy Jug Canyon, Tapeats Amphitheater, and other parts of the Tapeats Creek drainage. The lineup of Fence, Locust, North Timp, Timp, and Fire Points marks the Kaibab Plateau to the southeast. Forest Road 22 provides access either from the east edge of Fredonia (US 89A between Mileposts 607 and 608) or from DeMotte Park (0.8 mile south of the North Rim Store on AZ 67). From Forest Road 22, follow Forest Roads 425 and 292B to the point. These roads are accessible by car during dry weather. A 4-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended at all other times. DEVELOPED CAMPING SITES • All facilities are open from May 15th to the end of November depending on weather. • Campsites can accommodate up to 6 people. • Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. • Trailers and RVs must retain all wastewater and not drain their systems onto the ground. • All campgrounds limit campers to a 14-day stay. • All sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Jacob Lake group site is the exception.) • Although drinking water is provided seasonally, it is advisable to bring your own water. Jacob Lake Campground This campground is located at the junction of AZ 67 and Hwy. 89A, 30 miles southeast of Fredonia, AZ, and 44 miles north of the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim. It offers 51 accessible single family campsites with tables and cooking grills. The campsites can accommodate tents, trailers, and small motor homes. However, no utility hookups are available. Drinking water is available. Jacob Lake Group Campground Area This campground is a RESERVATION ONLY group campground. Located across Hwy. 89A from the Jacob Lake Campground, the Jacob Lake Group site has two large group sites with newly constructed picnic ramadas, picnic tables, grills, and dumpsters. Fees are subject to annual adjustment. Group site fees are charged from the first day any member of the group stays in the group camping area. These fees are collected daily. America the Beautiful, Senior, and Access passes are honored at the Group Camping Area. Reservations can be made through www.recreation.gov Demotte Campground Located on AZ 67, just 7 miles north of the entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim and about 25 miles south of Jacob Lake, DeMotte Campground offers 38 single family campsites with tables and cooking grills. The campsites can accommodate tents, trailers, and small motor homes. However, no utility hookups are available. Drinking water is available. There is no group site. Indian Hollow Campground Open seasonally. Located at the end of Forest Road 232, Indian Hollow is a first-come, first-served, free-use, primitive campground with three sites. Amenities: vault toilet, picnic tables, and parking. NO WATER. Not suitable for large RVs or large groups. Provides access to Thunder River Trail 23. DISPERSED CAMPING Allowed throughout the forest at no cost, visitors are limited to 14 days. Please remember there is no water and no trash service, so be prepared to supply your own drinking water and to remove your waste from the forest. When available, utilize existing hardened campsites and fire rings, and be considerate of other users. Please refer to the “Leave No Trace” and “Fire Safety” sections for further information. NORTH KAIBAB CAMPING RESTRICTIONS There is NO camping within ¼ mile of trailheads and water sources, or within 1 mile of developed sites. Please see the motor vehicle use map for further direction including camping corridor information. NORTH RIM CAMPING Camping in the park on the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim is open from mid-May to mid-October, depending on the amount of snow. Camping is restricted to established campgrounds. Camping fees are in addition to entrance fees, and are charged per night. Campsites fill up fast; make reservations as far in advance as you can. To make a reservation through Recreation.gov, visit the Web site at www.recreation.gov. You may also contact them by phone at (877) 444-6777. There are no hookups, but there is a dump station within the campground. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times and may not be left unattended. Wood and charcoal fires are only permitted in provided campsite grills. Gathering of downed wood is not allowed. However, wood may be purchased at the general store. A coin operated laundry and showers are located at the entrance to the campground. Accessible campsites and restrooms are also available. For general information contact the Grand Canyon Information Desk at (928) 638-7888. Dispersed camping on the Grand Canyon National Park is not allowed. For back-country permits and information, contact the Grand Canyon Backcountry Office, located in the village on the South Rim next to Maswick Lodge. You may also contact them at (928) 638-7875 or on their Web site at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm. TRAILS Bill Hall Trailhead Bill Hall Trail climbs west up along the rim nearly a mile past piñon pine, juniper, and cliff rose before plunging steeply to the Thunder River Trail. The ridge just above the trail has a sweeping panorama up Tapeats. Follow directions for Crazy Jug Point until the junction half a mile before the point, then keep straight 1.7 miles on Forest Road 292A. Arizona National Scenic Trail The Arizona Trail is an 800+ mile recreation trail from Mexico to Utah that connects mountain ranges, canyons, deserts, forests, wilderness areas, historic sites, trail systems, points of interest, communities, and people. It serves dayhikers, backpackers, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, trail runners, nature enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and mule and horse packers. Designated a national scenic trail in 2010, the Arizona Trail passes through a number of different ecosystems on the North Kaibab: mixed piñon and juniper woodlands; sagebrush and grassland communities; and ponderosa pine forests mixed with aspen groves. At the East Rim Viewpoint, there are dramatic views of Saddle Mountain Wilderness, House Rock Valley, Marble Canyon, and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Elevation on the trail ranges from 6,000 to 8,500 feet, and it is accessible from early spring to late fall. The Arizona Trail is open to hiking, biking, and horse use; motorized use is not permitted. Rainbow Rim Trail Located along the rim of the Grand Canyon, Rainbow Rim Trail meanders 18 miles along the rim’s edge back into shady drainages, stands of ponderosa pines, and aspen meadows. The trail connects the five prominent points of the Rainbow Rim: Parissawampitts, Fence, Locust, North Timp, and Timp Point. Each point offers unique views and camping opportunities. The trail is open to hiking, biking, and horse use—but is known best as a remarkable single-track mountain bike ride; motorized use is not permitted. Trails that Access the Wilderness Most visitors utilize trailheads originating on the east side of the wilderness, since road access on the west side is poor. Hiking can be arduous. Trail systems are minimally maintained and conditions vary from year to year. Spring and fall are the optimal seasons of the year for utilizing the area. Summer visitation is not recommended. Temperatures can easily reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit and permanent water sources are restricted to several springs and seeps creating hazardous conditions for hikers. Special consideration should be given to the location and availability of water when planning an extended trip into the wilderness during any season. WILDERNESS One of the major tributaries of the Colorado River, Kanab Creek is the largest tributary canyon system on the north side of the Grand Canyon. From its origin about 50 miles north in southern Utah, Kanab Creek and its feeder streams have cut a network of gorges with vertical walls deep into the Kanab and Kaibab Plateaus. Above the canyon rims the land is arid and the vegetation sparse, consisting mostly of desert shrub blackbush and sagebrush. In the creek bottom you’ll find walls sculpted by wind and water into a maze of fins, knobs, and potholes, surrounded by riparian vegetation. Elevations range from 2,000 feet at the river to about 6,000 feet on the rim, and snow often falls in winter. Most of the slopes are angled in excess of 40 degrees. The upper reaches provide winter range for large Kaibab mule deer, and desert bighorn sheep dwell on the canyon cliffs. Kanab Creek Wilderness features some of the Southwest’s most well preserved rock art panels. Please refrain from touching the paintings because the oils in your hands can cause drawings to deteriorate. Remember, “take only pictures, leave only footprint Straddling the eastern edge of the Kaibab Plateau, Saddle Mountain Wilderness is a rugged land of narrow drainage bottoms and steep scarps (a line of cliffs produced by faulting or erosion). The gentle slopes on the main ridge of the area drop dramatically to form the Nankoweap Rim on the south. Elevations range from about 6,000 feet on Marble Canyon Rim to 8,000 feet on Saddle Mountain itself, a prominent ridge with a profile that resembles a saddle—horn and all. Utah juniper and piñon pine in the lowlands give way to mixed conifers in the highlands. A perennial stream flows in North Canyon, spawning ground for the endangered Apache trout. Mule deer, grouse, and turkeys live in the timber. Bison, introduced within the last century, can occasionally be observed in the wilderness. Trailheads accessing the wilderness originate at the top of the Kaibab Plateau and at its base in House Rock Valley. RESOURCE MANAGEMENT The Kaibab Plateau is geographically isolated on three sides; the Grand Canyon to the south, Marble Canyon to the east, and Snake Gulch to the west. Despite this isolation, the North Kaibab Ranger District is home to a variety of wildlife species, including mule deer, northern goshawks, California condors, Kaibab squirrels, and a diversity of bat species. Bat Species of the Kaibab Plateau Across the Kaibab Plateau there are several sinkholes that fill with rainwater and melting snow which allow the plateau to support wildlife populations and maintain bat diversity despite the lack of free flowing or other water sources. There are 18 different species of bats on the North Kaibab ranging in weight from the western pipistrelle, weighing 3 grams (a little less than a Hershey’s Kiss candy) to the western mastiff bat which weighs 57 grams and has a wingspan of almost 2 feet (0.6 m). The first bat you will see when the sun has just set is the western pipistrelle. Bats on the North Kaibab eat nocturnal insects like mosquitoes and moths. From their roosts, bats may fly up to 2 miles in search of food and can catch 600 mosquitoes in just 1 hour. Bats may fly even further distances in search of water sources. Spotted bats that roost in the Grand Canyon travel up to 26 miles (43 km) one way to find water on the Kaibab Plateau. Kaibab Squirrel A species that is endemic to the plateau due to the geographic isolation, is the Kaibab squirrel; 90 percent of the population is on Forest Service land while the other 10 percent is in the forested portion of the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The Kaibab squirrel is a subspecies of Abert’s squirrel that can be found on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. The Kaibab squirrel sports a white tail unlike the Abert’s whose tail is mostly gray with only white along the sides. Kaibab Mule Deer The Kaibab mule deer herd is well known among wildlife managers and hunters and has been since the early 1900s when the population increased to nearly 100,000 deer. After decades of challenging management, the deer herd has been restored to numbers that support a healthy population. Today, the deer spend their summer months atop the plateau where they can be found in meadows or within timber stands that have an open understory with available shrubs and grasses. In the winter the deer move down the east and west sides of the plateau where they spend their time in piñon-juniper stands. Northern Goshawk The northern goshawk is a large forest raptor, 22 to 24 inches long, with a wingspan of 38 to 45 inches. The Kaibab Plateau supports a healthy population of goshawks because of the availability of suitable habitat and abundance of prey species. Goshawks on the North Kaibab are commonly found in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer habitats where they prey on small to medium sized animals and birds, such as chipmunks, Kaibab squirrel, and Stellar’s jays. Goshawks are territorial and may become aggressive when a human walks near their nest tree, especially if their young are still present in the nest. California Condor California condors are the largest vulture in North America, with a wingspan of 9 feet (2.8 m) and weighing up to 18 pounds (8.5 kg). Condors have been reintroduced along the Arizona Strip since 1996. They feed exclusively on carrion, such as road kill, and they can be found foraging on the North Kaibab. In February 2011, there were 369 California condors worldwide but only 190 lived in the wild. Of the condors living in the wild, 73 live in Arizona and Utah. Piñon Nuts Piñon pine trees dot the mountain deserts and mesas. It is the short, stubby cones of these trees which the prized piñon nuts come from. The Southern Paiutes who inhabited this region hundreds of years ago collected piñon nuts as an important part of their diet. Today, people gather piñon nuts to enjoy their flavor, raw or roasted. The piñon cones ripen in the fall and are then ready for collection. The north and northeast areas of the district are the best locations for piñon nut gathering, although the nut crop is unpredictable from year to year. Wildlife Uses Snags It is important to leave an adequate number of snags for wildlife. Snags, which are standing dead trees, provide homes for a variety of wildlife species including small mammals and birds. Small mammals will use cavities in snags or the sloughing bark as shelters from weather or predators. Birds, like the tree swallow or hairy woodpecker, will use snags for cavity nesting. Invasive Weeds An invasive weed is an undesirable plant that has been introduced to an area where it would not have occurred naturally. Some of these plants in particular can out-compete native species and threaten the quality of public lands. The North Kaibab Ranger District surveys for new invasive weeds every year and takes efforts to remove these invasive plants before they can spread across the landscape. There are measures you can take to help us when visiting the North Kaibab: • Remove seeds sticking to your cloths, shoes, vehicle, or personal gear, before moving on to a new location. • If you are bringing your horses or mules to ride a trail, use only certified weed-free hay. • Do not collect plants that you might see along the road. Livestock Grazing Livestock grazing occurs over most of the North Kaibab Ranger District. The early homesteaders to this area began grazing livestock across the plateau in the 1870s. Today, local ranchers graze their stock in specific allotments through a livestock permit. Forest Service employees frequently monitor each allotment to ensure that planned grazing management is best suited for the variety of the district’s sensitive resources. HERITAGE RESOURCES These are remains of past human activity. The rich resources of the Kaibab Plateau have been accessed by humans for over 11,000 years. The plateau has supported a variety of life ways from big game hunting, plant collection, and farming by prehistoric peoples, to ranching, mining, logging, and tourism in more recent times. Early Forest Service history can be experienced at places like Jacob Lake Cabin, constructed in 1910, which still stands today. The cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest ranger stations in the National Forest System. The Kaibab Plateau continues to be an important place to local Native American tribes. The word Kaibab means “mountain lying down” in Paiute. The Southern Paiutes consider the Kaibab Plateau part of their ancestral homelands. They continue to collect native plant materials that their people have been using for centuries. Evidence of human activity can be found throughout the North Kaibab Ranger District, such as rock writings or painted and pecked rock art images, prehistoric stone houses, and historic cabin foundations. Federal law protects historic and prehistoric sites on public lands. Vandalism of archaeological sites should be reported to your local Forest Service office. If you discover such remains, please leave them undisturbed. Archaeological sites are nonrenewable resources, so once they have been removed, they are gone forever. Help preserve our cultural heritage for all to enjoy. The Kaibab Plateau has a variety of tree species as one travels from the low elevations to the higher areas of the mountain. Tree species occur based on precipitation levels. Higher elevations experience more precipitation, which supports different forest types than the lower, drier areas. The lowest elevations have Utah juniper and piñon pine woodlands which transition into the ponderosa pine type at a slightly higher elevation. Gambel oak and Rocky Mountain juniper along with some Rocky Mountain maple also occur mixed in with ponderosa pine. At higher elevations, ponderosa transitions into Douglas fir and white fir. The highest elevations have blue spruce, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir. Quaking aspen is often found mixed in with ponderosa pine, and is more common at the higher, wetter sites at the upper elevations, especially when growing in association with spruce and fir. RESTORING THE NATURAL ROLE OF FIRE As a natural agent of change, fire has and will continue to play an important role in shaping our forests. On the Kaibab National Forest, many areas of the forest have had fire excluded for too long. Without fire, living and dead vegetation on the forest floor accumulates unnaturally. This unnatural accumulation diminishes the forest’s natural defenses, making it more susceptible to insects, disease, and large destructive fires. To combat these problems, fire needs to resume its proper role in a fire-adapted ecosystem. When practical and possible, lightning-caused fire and prescribed fire are used to reduce hazardous fuels, enhance wildlife habitat, and improve forest health. U.S. Forest Service fire managers work closely with other state and Federal agencies to ensure the safe reintroduction of fire. Managers take into account many factors when deciding whether to manage a lightning-caused fire or implement a prescribed burn. Weather, terrain, fuel conditions, wildlife, and human activity are just a few of the variables that factor into their considerations. The goals of the fire program are to safely reintroduce fire in areas that need it to remove excess fuels and vegetation, recycle nutrients back into the soil, improve the habitat for wildlife, remove forest debris to prevent large destructive fires, and improve the overall resilience and sustainability of the forest ecosystem. Thus, fire, managed responsibly, is helping to maintain a healthier and more diverse forest. LEAVE NO TRACE OUTDOOR ETHICS Plan Ahead and Prepare • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. • Repackage food to minimize waste. • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns, or flagging. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow. • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. In popular areas... • Use existing trails and campsites. • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. In pristine areas... • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails. • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. Dispose of Waste Properly • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter. • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. • Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. • To wash yourself, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater. Leave What You Find • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. • Leave rocks and plants as you find them. • Avoid introducing nonnative species. • Do not build structures or dig trenches. Minimize Campfire Impacts • Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. • Burn all wood and coals to ash. Respect Wildlife • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach wildlife. • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. • Control pets at all times, or don’t bring them. • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter. Be Considerate of Other Visitors • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. • Camp away from trails and other visitors. • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud noises. IT'S UP TO YOU TO PREVENT FOREST FIRES Only you can prevent wildfires! Campfires are allowed in the North Kaibab Ranger District except during extreme fire danger. Before visiting your national forest, always check to see if there are any fire restrictions in effect. During extremely dry conditions, fires may be limited or prohibited. Please be careful where and when you smoke. It is unsafe to smoke while riding a horse or trail bike. Remember, a “No Smoking” sign in the forest means just that, not even in an automobile. Most human-caused fires on the North Kaibab Ranger District are a result of abandoned camp or warming fires. Please be responsible with fire by following these wildfire prevention rules: Select a safe place for your fire or portable stove. Clear a circle 10 feet across down to bare dirt, being sure to remove all burnable material. Keep your fire small. Build the fire on level ground away from steep slopes, rotten logs, dense dry grass, and litter, NEVER build a fire on a windy day. Do not leave a fire unattended at any time. This is a violation of state and Federal law. Put your fire out—OUT COLD—before leaving. Mix and stir the coals with dirt and water. Make certain the fire is out by feeling it for heat with your hands. Never bury a fire. It can escape from under the dirt. Keep mixing and stirring until you know for sure it is out. Restore the cleared area with the material you previously removed, but only after you are sure the fire is dead out. Often there are special restrictions for smoking and campfire building from April to July on southwestern national forests. Check with the local ranger station.before starting an open campfire during this critical season. Fireworks are prohibited at all times on national forests. In your car, always use your ash tray. Never throw burning materials out the window. Avoid smoking while driving on unsurfaced country roads. In the woods, never ride or walk around while smoking. Stop, sit down, clear a 2-foot spot to bare dirt and use it as your ash tray. Be sure to put all matches, ashes, and burning tobacco out cold in the bare spot. PLAN FOR A SAFE HIKE • During the summer months, hikers should carry a gallon of water per person per day. • Eat salty snacks and drink fluids regularly. • Keep skin covered, wet, and cool. • Start hikes early and stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Eat foods you would normally eat and twice as much. • Take regular breaks and elevate your legs above the level of your heart. • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. • Pack an extra day’s worth of food and water. • Hiking Essentials: maps, GPS unit, headlamp/flashlight, first aid kit, mirror, sunscreen, hat, raincoat, food and water, emergency communications (spot tracker, satellite phone), and most of all, common sense. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS • Look up before you set up camp. • Lightning kills. Stay away from high points and canyon rims during monsoonal thunderstorms. • Elevations on the Kaibab Plateau range from 3,500 feet to over 9,000 feet, and weather can change rapidly. Summer snowstorms are not uncommon. • Breathing may be difficult at high elevations so take lots of breaks. • Beware of flash floods following heavy rains and thunderstorms. Watch for a change in streamflow, color, and increased debris. Get to high ground and stay out of narrow slot canyons. • Beware of steep cliffs and loose rocks around canyon rims and viewpoints. ROAD CONDITIONS AND DRIVER SAFETY Operating a vehicle on National Forest System roads, trails, and areas carries a greater responsibility than operating that vehicle in a city or other developed setting. Not only must you know and follow applicable traffic laws, you need to show concern for the environment and other forest users. The misuse of motor vehicles can lead to the temporary or permanent closure of any designated road, trail, or area. As a motor vehicle operator, you are also subject to State of Arizona traffic laws, including the requirements for licensing, registration, and operation of your vehicle. Motor vehicle use on National Forest System roads and trails carries inherent risks that may cause resource damage, serious injuries, and possibly death to drivers and passengers. Drive cautiously and anticipate other drivers, rough surfaces and features, such as snow, mud, vegetation, and water crossings common to remote driving conditions. Check with the North Kaibab Ranger District to find out which roads require a high-clearance vehicle. Carry a jack, spare tire, and tools, since you will be several miles from the nearest service station or tow company. It is also advisable to carry emergency supplies such as extra water, food, and clothing in the event you become stranded due to a vehicle malfunction or inclement weather. Note: Highway 67 is gated and closed at the junction with Highway 89A every year from approximately November 30 until May 15. In addition, these highways are the only paved roads on the North Kaibab Ranger District and aren’t regularly snowplowed during the spring and fall. ROAD CLOSURES There are a number of unexpected or not well understood reasons why travel is restricted within national forests. Here are the reasons for them… Wildlife Habitat Protection – Many closures are made to protect critical areas where wildlife and threatened and endangered species live. Such areas often include winter range and key wildlife habitat needed for the animals’ survival. Water Quality and Erosion Control – Some roads and trails are closed during wet weather to prevent water from flowing down vehicle tracks and adding silt and debris to our clear Arizona streams. Public Safety – In specific instances, types of travel are prohibited to ensure driver safety. Conflict of Use – In a few cases, restrictions give preference to one use over another to resolve problems caused by forest visitors wanting to use the same roads for different reasons. For example, logging trucks can pose hazards, so some roads may be closed to the public while logging is underway. Special Seasonal Closures – Many national forest roads are closed seasonally—November to April or during summer rains—to protect the roads from becoming rutted and eroded from vehicle use. Public use restrictions may be temporarily adjusted depending on local weather conditions. TRAVEL ON THE FOREST More Americans than ever are using off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to enjoy the outdoors. However, if not managed carefully, motorized recreation can damage both the land and the resources. In 2005, the Forest Service published the Travel Management Rule which requires that each national forest and grassland provide for a system of National Forest System (NFS) roads, NFS trails, and areas on NFS lands designated for motor vehicle use and to display those designations on a motor vehicle use map (MVUM). It is the responsibility of the visitor to obtain and comply with the national forest’s or grassland’s current MVUM. MAP SCOPE AND LIMIT The only rules shown on this map are those that are general in nature and that apply broadly throughout the North Kaibab Ranger District. The forest supervisor may issue rules that supplement or differ from those on this map. Modifications will be posted in the forest supervisor’s office, ranger district offices, and at affected sites. TREAD LIGHTLY I Pledge to Tread Lightly by... Traveling only where motorized vehicles are permitted—Obey gate closures and regulatory signs. Wilderness areas are closed to all vehicles. Know where the boundaries are. Resist the urge to pioneer new roads or trails or cut across switchbacks. Respecting the rights of hikers, skiers, campers, and others to enjoy their activities. Educating myself by obtaining travel information and regulations from public agencies, complying with signs and barriers, and asking owner’s permission to cross private property, thus respecting landowner rights. Avoiding streams, lakeshores, meadows, muddy roads, and steep hillsides as they are readily torn up by vehicles. Avoid wildlife and livestock. Avoid wild animals as undue stress can sap essential energy reserves. Avoid running over young trees, shrubs, and grasses; you may damage or kill them. Driving responsibly to protect the environment and preserve opportunities to enjoy my vehicle on wild lands. For more information, please visit the Tread Lightly Web site at www.treadlightly.org FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: Please write or call the following public land management offices for additional information on recreation facilities, firewood gathering permits, mining claim processing, and other information concerning use of public lands. Forest Service Kaibab National Forest 800 South 6th Street Williams, AZ 86046-2899 (928) 635-8200 Williams Ranger District 742 South Clover Road Williams, AZ 86046-9122 (928) 635-5600 North Kaibab Ranger District 430 South Main Fredonia, AZ 86022 (928) 643-7395 Tusayan Ranger District 176 Lincoln Log Loop Grand Canyon, AZ 86023-3088 (928) 638-2443 City of Williams/Forest Service Visitor Center 200 West Railroad Avenue Williams, AZ 86046 (928) 635-4061 Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center Hwy. 89A and 67 HC 64 Box 17 Jacob Lake, AZ 86022 (928) 643-7298 Havasupai Reservation Tourist Enterprise General Delivery Supai, AZ 86435 (928) 448-2121 Camping (928) 448-2111 Lodge National Park Service Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Information P. O. Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (928) 638-7888 Bureau of Land Management Arizona State Office One North Central Avenue, Suite 800 Phoenix, AZ 85004-9200 (602) 417-9200 Arizona Strip Field Office 345 East Riverside Drive St. George, UT 84790-6714 (435) 688-3200 ext. 0 State of Arizona Land Department 1616 West Adams Street Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-4621 Land Department—Flagstaff 3650 South Lake Mary Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-1425 Arizona Game & Fish Department 3500 South Lake Mary Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001-8399 (928) 774-5045 Navajo Reservation Department of Tourism P. O. Box 663 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 810-8

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Vendor: US Forest Service R3

Published: 2012

Language: English

Size: 46.4 MB

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