Gunsight Point is Well Worth the Trip
By Kelly Hilding
Gunsight Point sits quietly, tucked back in the peaceful desert of the Arizona Strip. Well-known to locals, but rarely seen by outside visitors, the view is worth the trip. The journey is also a great adventure for mountain biking enthusiasts. Heading east from Fredonia on 89A, approximately one mile outside of town you will come to what’s known as the “old logging road.” This is Forest Service Road 22, turn right and follow for approximately 12 miles. Now it’s time to go off-road! Take a right, head west to the “T,” turn right, continue on this path until you see the marker for Road #1048. Follow 1048 all the way to Gunsight Point. Most vehicles with reasonable clearance can maneuver the road in dry weather, but be sure to check your tires, gas up and bring plenty of water, as there are no services, and you are unlikely to have much traffic driving by to assist if you have any car trouble. As you drive toward Gunsight Point, take in the beauty of the Arizona Strip. Wildflowers dot the desert canvas, while deep red buttes jut the sky. If you are biking, watch the ground for the occasional remnant of historic Native American life. Pieces of pottery and arrowheads reveal themselves to a few keen-eyed lucky visitors. Enjoy the artifact, but please, do not remove it! As Kanab Creek travels southward toward the Grand Canyon, it forms steep canyon walls rich with natural and historical treasures. You have reached Gunsight Point at North 36 degrees 39.521’ West 112 degrees 37.023’. The stunning views of Kanab Creek and Snake Gulch will take your breath away. Rich purples and reds seem to seep from the earth, as deep green wanders through Snake Gulch, evidence of the steady stream of water flowing through. This is the perfect spot for a picnic if you are looking to relax and enjoy the view, or it can be the starting point for a great hiking expedition. Trailheads lead into Snake Gulch. Winds can be quite strong, so take care around cliff edges. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. This lookout is definitely off the beaten path, but it is well worth the trip!