Beale Road Historic Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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An easy walk along the route of a historic wagon road on Government Prairie. As you cross the wide open reaches of Government Prairie, it’s easy to imagine what it must have been like to cross this scenic but arid country by horse or wagon. The east side of Government Prairie is a good stopping point because the old route merges with an unmaintained road at this point. You can, if you wish, trace the route all the way to Flagstaff. The Beale Road was once part of a major interstate route between Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the Colorado River at Arizona’s western border. It passed just south of San Francisco Mountain to take advantage of the springs found there.

Beale Road Historic Trail Professional Review and Guide

"An easy walk along the route of a historic wagon road on Government Prairie. As you cross the wide open reaches of Government Prairie, it’s easy to imagine what it must have been like to cross this scenic but arid country by horse or wagon.

The east side of Government Prairie is a good stopping point because the old route merges with an unmaintained road at this point. You can, if you wish, trace the route all the way to Flagstaff. The Beale Road was once part of a major interstate route between Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the Colorado River at Arizona’s western border. It passed just south of San Francisco Mountain to take advantage of the springs found there."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best summer through fall
Local Contacts: Chalender Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Kendrick Peak; Kaibab National Forest (Williams, Chalender, and Tusayan Ranger Districts) map
Driving Directions: Directions to Beale Road Historic Trail

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May 2018