Toroweap Overlook

Fredonia, Arizona

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The 3,000 feet vertical drop at Toroweap Overlook is breathtaking. You can hike above the rim and camp in designated campsites without a fee or permit. All sites are primitive with picnic tables and pit toilets and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two prime camping spots at the overlook and nine more about a mile inland. You can’t go wrong with any of the campsites which are nestled in a beautiful redrock setting. Finding a campsite is easier during the week than weekends. When I was there on Sept. 10, only two of the sites were occupied. It can get crowded on big holiday weekends like Memorial Day. The hiking route at Lava Falls goes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is suited for experts only. It is hard to find, extremely steep, and very dangerous. Portions of the route are nearly vertical. You’ll need a permit if you camp overnight in the backcountry. A wide gravel road most of the way, suitable for passenger cars in good weather. The road is susceptible to flash floods and wash-outs. To travel at the posted speed of 45 mph, you may wish to air down your tires for comfort on the washboard surface. Use caution when approaching blind curves.

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"The 3,000 feet vertical drop at Toroweap Overlook is breathtaking. You can hike above the rim and camp in designated campsites without a fee or permit. All sites are primitive with picnic tables and pit toilets and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two prime camping spots at the overlook and nine more about a mile inland. You can’t go wrong with any of the campsites which are nestled in a beautiful redrock setting. Finding a campsite is easier during the week than weekends. When I was there on Sept. 10, only two of the sites were occupied. It can get crowded on big holiday weekends like Memorial Day. The hiking route at Lava Falls goes to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is suited for experts only.

It is hard to find, extremely steep, and very dangerous. Portions of the route are nearly vertical. You’ll need a permit if you camp overnight in the backcountry. A wide gravel road most of the way, suitable for passenger cars in good weather. The road is susceptible to flash floods and wash-outs. To travel at the posted speed of 45 mph, you may wish to air down your tires for comfort on the washboard surface. Use caution when approaching blind curves."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Fredonia
Distance: 120.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 4 to 6 hours or more
Local Contacts: Grand Canyon - Parashant National Monument
Local Maps: BLM Arizona Strip Visitor Map; USGS Grand Canyon; Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Toroweap Overlook

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May 2018