Description: A beautiful mountain drive just a few miles out of Flagstaff. Many marked side roads in the area can be explored – some offer considerable challenge. Dispersed camping allowed almost anywhere along main and side roads except where posted. Numerous multi-use trails in the area are open to hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and dirt bikers. You must stay on marked trails only. Contact the Peaks Ranger Station in Flagstaff for more information. Mostly smooth gravel road with typical washboard stretches. Fairly flat and suitable for passenger cars.
Time & Distance: The entire 14.6 mile trip can be driven in about an hour one way. You’ll likely want to spend much longer exploring the area.
Trail Conditions: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District. Call (928) 526-0866.
Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.
Directions to the Trail: Take Hwy 180 northwest about 2 miles out of Flagstaff in the direction of Grand Canyon National Park. Turn right on Schultz Pass Road F.S. 420 where marked.
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Get yourself and your rig 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!