Traveling from Jacob Lake, AZ to the Grand Canyon
Jacob Lake is not much of a town, but it is certainly a beautiful basecamp for travelers headed to Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim. The North Rim is a hiker’s paradise with everything from mellow hikes along the rim to weeklong off-trail expeditions. Along Hwy 67 on the drive to the Grand Canyon, Kaibab National Forest borders the rim of the canyon, where can set up camp and enjoy a fire with a view of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. For biking, there is the Rainbow Rim trail, some great single track along the rim of the canyon in Kaibab National Forest. Elk, Mule Deer, and Turkey are plentiful for hunters who make their way to this area, who hunt outside the park in the fall of the year. Autumn is also an amazing time to appreciate the many Aspen Groves scattered throughout the area. During a good winter, there is also some great snowmobiling and cross-country skiing available, and Jacob Lake offers the best and only lodging.
Jacob lake is the only town of any sort near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is an hour drive away. Along with the lodge there is also a restaurant, but what this old building is really know for is its whole made cookies, and extra thick shakes. There is also a seasonal visitor center and campground run by the forest service in Jacob Lake on the way to the canyon. From Jacob Lake, seasonal (May 15th - First Snow or Dec 1st) Highway 67 is the road to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. You can also continue on Highway 89 year-round to Fredonia, AZ or Kanab, UT as well as all of Southern Utah's amazing nearby parks. Read the guide below to learn more.