Scenic Driving Arizona
by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Stewart M. Green/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The first 5 miles (from the east end) of this drive are paved and offer several areas just off the main road to camp and hike. Some parking areas are available directly adjacent to the road and there is access to several trails that are handicap accessible. The views over the rim, across the wide valley below, and to additional mountain ranges beyond are really spectacular. All of the campgrounds in this area are "unimproved" without showers or flush toilets. However, most in the first 5 miles provide paved sites for RV parking, have picnic tables, and pit toilets. There are some lakes for boating and fishing also. After the road turns to gravel, there are additional trails and primitive campgrounds available, including some that offer areas for horseback riding. All-in-all, this area provides something for just about everyone. Go for the day or camp and stay longer.
This drive was a welcome change from hiking, after just completing the S Kaibab & Bright Angel trails in the Grand Canyon. Expect to spend the entire day on this 42 mile dirt road. The road is wash board ruff for most of the 42 miles. I had no trouble driving my car on this road we averaged about 15mph. We did encounter several tractor trailors at the eastern end of this drive. Be careful! The view of Eastern AZ is awsome from on top of the rim. There are many pull off areas on this drive. There is also a lot of trails that you can park your car at & hike in if you like. We hiked a trial that led to an old cabin that had been restored. The hike was on a forest road too rough for a car but a pickup or suv would have no problem with. The General Crook Trail follows this route and we had a fun time locating the white chevrons along the route. This trail was used by the early settlers & the calvary in the late 1800's and so on. Plan on having a picnic along the route as there are no services available. There are several lakes you can access off this road also. There are forest roads that you can navigate with your vehicle , but be very careful if you are not in a pickup or suv. We drove back about 1 mile on Promitory Loop 4 D foreest road and was able to navigate this road with no trouble. I don't where this road loops too, we encountered several trees blocking the road from a fire in the past that were never removed. we turned around and went back to FR 300. Took about 45 min round trip, a liitle nervous in a car but fun and a pretty drive. There are a few camp ground along this route and several back country camping ares available. This is a very historical drive, I recomend printing the trail info from this site before going, it is very helpful to have for this drive.
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