Lukachukai Mountains Trail

Cove, Arizona 86538

Lukachukai Mountains Trail

Lukachukai Mountains Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This lightly traveled trail is smaller and rougher than many in the Navajo Nation. It also travels through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Navajo Nation—the red sandstone cliffs and buttes of the Lukachukai Mountains. The trail leaves Indian Road 13 just south of Buffalo Pass and for the first 1.6 miles travels through the pine and aspen forest. The shallow pan of Big Lake is passed, and briefly the trail passes through an open area in the forest that has many small natural ponds, some of which are carpeted with water lilies.

Special Attractions: Native Arizona palms in a natural setting; Rugged canyon in the Kofa Mountains. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Year-round, best dry weather
6,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,000 feet
Top Elevation
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Lukachukai, Cove, Canyon de Chelly, Rock Point; BLM Canyon de Chelly, Rock Point
Local Maps

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Sep 2018