Arizona Scenic Drive: Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway

Highlights of the Kaibob Plateau-North Rim Parkway

An awe-inspiring chasm formed over the millennia, the Grand Canyon provides ample opportunity to explore its amazing natural wonder.
An awe-inspiring chasm formed over the millennia, the Grand Canyon provides ample opportunity to explore its amazing natural wonder.

In many areas along the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, you can get out, stretch your legs, and take one of the trails to scenic overlooks in the Grand Canyon. The golden glow of the red rocks and the lonely sound of the wind in the early morning are enough to inspire the most inexperienced of poets. Be sure to bring a journal and a camera.

While visiting the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, you can take the following self-guided tour of the byway.

Jacob Lake Junction: The Jacob Lake Junction is at highway marker 579 or the junction of Highway 67 and State Highway 89A. The Kaibab Plateau Visitor Centeroffers information and interpretive displays about the natural and cultural resources of the plateau.

The visitor center also has books, videos, postcards, and other interpretive sales items through the Public Lands Interpretive Association. Jacob Lake Inn is a historic lodge offering accommodations, a restaurant/cafe, and a gift shop. At Jacob Lake Campground, you'll find family sites and group sites available.

Jacob Lake Fire Lookout Tower: Get to Jacob Lake Fire Lookout Tower on highway marker 580.3 or one mile south of the Jacob Lake Junction/Highway 67 and State Highway 89A.Visit this historic tower, and find out how fires are detected. Views of the Grand Staircase are visible from the tower. The tower is usually staffed during the day and may be closed for two days during the week; check in at the visitor center for current openings.

Demotte Park Overlook: Find this overlook at highway marker 604 or 22 miles south of the Jacob Lake Junction on the byway. Demotte Park is one of the largest meadows on the Kaibab Plateau, and it's filled with deer, coyotes, and numerous species of birds. Wildflower enthusiasts will also enjoy the diversity and abundance in this meadow. Near this stop is the historic Kaibab Lodge. Rustic cabins and a restaurant, gift shop, gas station, and convenience store are available.

Grand Canyon National Park-North Rim: Forty-four miles south on Highway 67, the end of this scenic parkway leads to a spectacular view of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Several hiking trails are located at or near the rim. The North Rim Visitor Center is open seven days a week 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Information, interpretation, and interpretive sale items are available. The North Rim's Historic Lodge offers accommodations, restaurant, and mule ride.

Take a drive along the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, and discover many archaeological, cultural, and scenic wonders, including possibly the most scenic wonder of all -- the Grand Canyon.

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