Hiking at Gunsight Point
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 visitors, the view is worth the trip. The journey is also a great adventure for mountain biking enthusiasts.
Travel south past 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, take a right here and follow for approximately 12 miles.
Then 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 #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 see anyone else...in an entire day!
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 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 be careful around cliff edges. Again – bring plenty of water and sunscreen is important! When hiking here and most anywhere in remote areas like this – please let someone know where you’re going.
Gunsight Point is a unique destination on the Strip with amazing views and solitude.