|House Rock Wildlife Area|
This 60,000 acre wildlife area is one of only 2 sites in Arizona where one may see state-managed bison herds. House Rock Valley, along the eastern edge of the Kaibab Plateau, has good views into the Marble Canyon portion of Grand Canyon National Park. The wildlife area, consisting of pinyon-juni...
Kaibab Plateau Parkway
|Description: A gentle, winding 44-mile drive through ponderosa pine, spruce fir and mountain meadows leads to a breathtaking view from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This National Scenic Byway, named by explorer John Wesley Powel; travels the Kaibab Plateau. The word “Kaibab” is derived from a Paiute word meaning “mountain lying down.” The enormous plateau extends 45 miles east to west and 60 miles north to south, ending abruptly at the Grand Canyon.
Nestled in ponderosa pine forests at 7,925 feet elevation, the village of Jacob Lake offers a visitor center and other services. The town and nearby lake were named for Mormon missionary and explorer Jacob Hamblin. Jacob Lake Inn, the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center, and Jacob Lake Campground are near the State Hwy. 67 turnoff for the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Wildlife to Watch: The Kaibab Plateau is home to the densest population of northern goshawks in the United States. This is also an excellent place to see mule deer and the Kaibab squirrel. This striking squirrel has a contrasting black belly and white tail, and is found only here and on nearby Mount Trumbell. Merriam’s turkey, blue grouse, Williamson’s and red-naped sapsuckers, American three-toed woodpecker, Clark’s nutcracker, evening grosbeak, red crossbill, pine siskin, Cassin’s finch and Grace’s warbler are a few of the many birds to be seen here. A California condor sighting is also possible during the spring through fall months, as the condors forage for carrion on the plateau.
Special Tips: Winter weather may cause closure of State Hwy. 67 at Jacob Lake. Contact ADOT at the website below before traveling.
Ownership: AZ Department of Transportation & USFS
Size: 44 mile route
Closest Town: Jacob Lake
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