Coconino Rim Trail

Tuba City, Arizona

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This trail explores the Kaibab National Forest along the edge of the Coconino Rim. In this region, the rim is lightly vegetated with pinyons and junipers, and is very different from the more open section that Gray Mountain Road passes through. Initially, the trail leaves Gray Mountain Road, and for the first 2 miles it follows small tracks within the Navajo Nation. Navigation can be tricky; there are many small trails very close together. Some of them rejoin the main trail after a short distance, but most go to dwellings. Should you find yourself on one of these, turn around and retrace your steps. The trail does not directly pass by any dwellings. Special Attractions: Grandview Fire Lookout and views into Grand Canyon National Park; Wildlife viewing—deer, elk, bush turkeys, javelina, antelope; Cross-country ski area in winter. 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.

Coconino Rim Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail explores the Kaibab National Forest along the edge of the Coconino Rim. In this region, the rim is lightly vegetated with pinyons and junipers, and is very different from the more open section that Gray Mountain Road passes through. Initially, the trail leaves Gray Mountain Road, and for the first 2 miles it follows small tracks within the Navajo Nation. Navigation can be tricky; there are many small trails very close together. Some of them rejoin the main trail after a short distance, but most go to dwellings. Should you find yourself on one of these, turn around and retrace your steps. The trail does not directly pass by any dwellings.

Special Attractions: Grandview Fire Lookout and views into Grand Canyon National Park; Wildlife viewing—deer, elk, bush turkeys, javelina, antelope; Cross-country ski area in winter. 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."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Tuba City
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: April to December, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hellhole Bend, Grandview Point NE, Grandview Point, Cameron; BLM Cameron; USFS Kaibab National Forest, Tusayan Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Coconino Rim Trail

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May 2018