Wildlife in the Kanab area
Hit Refresh With Wildlife and Scenery on North Kaibab
The North Kaibab Ranger District is a 655,000-acre sanctuary for all to cherish. Looking south from most vantage points in Kane County, it sits quietly on the horizon. It is one of the three ranger districts that make up the 1.6-million acre Kaibab National Forest, which is bisected by the wonderment that is known as the Grand Canyon. The North Kaibab is an island of forested lands surrounded by the sage, grasslands and canyons of lower elevations. And what it offers are countless layers of recreational and sightseeing opportunities, which are a must-see, “bucket list” experience for anyone visiting. Before embarking on a personal exploration of the district, guests are encouraged to visit the North Kaibab Ranger District Office in Fredonia, located just seven miles from Kanab. The office is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and it is an ideal place to absorb knowledge of the area. The North Kaibab has a unique “niche” of bountiful sanctuaries, isolated vistas, nature-inspired solitude and quality habitat necessary for wildlife observation, hunting, hiking and other dispersed recreational activities. The district has nearly 1,200 miles of maintained and non-maintained trails, including sections of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, Great Western Trail, and the Rainbow Rim. Each year, recreationists visit to run, hike, pedal, camp and ride horseback across the Kaibab’s aesthetic appeal. There are two established campgrounds on the forest – Jacob Lake Campground sits at an elevation of 7,925 feet and DeMotte Campground at roughly 8,700 feet. For those seeking a more primitive experience, dispersed camping is also available throughout the district. If you are looking for a more rustic weekend getaway, the district also has six cabins available to rent at Big Springs and one at Jumpup Canyon as part of the Kaibab National Forest’s cabin rental offerings, which are available as part of the Arizona Cabin Rental “Rooms with a View” program. More information on cabin rentals is available at www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab. Reservations for camping or cabins are available through www.recreation.gov. Visitors can enjoy communing with wildlife residents such as the Kaibab squirrel, California condor, Northern Goshawk and bison. The arrival of autumn brings with it an abundance of fall color murals, colors that can be seen from nearly any leisurely drive in the district. For the OHV enthusiast, there are 1,476 miles of roads available to explore. It is the operator’s responsibility to drive only on designated routes outlined in the district’s Motor Vehicle Use Map. This map is available at the North Kaibab Ranger District office or online at tinyurl.com/KaibabTMR. For guests planning to visit the North Rim, please note: the Arizona Department of Transportation closes Highway 67 at Jacob Lake, usually from Thanksgiving through May 15, due to the likelihood of hazardous snow accumulations. Visitors can obtain tourism information about the forest from the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at Jacob Lake, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from May 15 to October 31, or by calling (928) 643-7298. For additional tourism info, visit the Kaibab National Forest at: www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab.
Wildlife in the Kanab area