Description: Beautiful, uncrowded forest immediately adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park. Free camping is allowed almost anywhere in the forest except within 1/4 mile of highways and surface water. Also, you can’t camp within 1 mile of Hull Cabin. There are many other roads to explore in the area. The forest is teeming with wildlife. You might want to stop at the Forest Service Ranger Station just north of Tusayan to find out more about the area. Washboard gravel road except for F.S. 303 which narrows to a single lane. This road has a few ruts and muddy spots that require high clearance and perhaps four-wheel drive when wet.
Time & Distance: About 22 miles, plus 3.6 miles round trip to Hull Cabin. Allow 1 1/2 to 2 hours to reach the entrance to the park. Add another 1/2 hour for the side trip to Hull Cabin.
Trail Conditions: Kaibab National Forest, Tusayan Ranger District. Call (928) 638-2443.
Directions to the Trail: Take US Hwy 180 north from Flagstaff or State Hwy 64 north from Williams. Before reaching Tusayan, you will pass the Grand Canyon Airport on the left. As you enter town watch for F.S. 302 on the right.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!