Kaibab Plateau

Kaibab Plateau Scenic Drive

Arizona State Highway 67 provides access to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The 44-mile drive from Jacob Lake to the North Rim has been described as “the most pleasant 44 miles in America”. The highway is a designated National Forest Scenic Byway and a State Scenic Parkway, the Kaibab Plateau–North Rim Parkway. The Byway starts on State Highway 67 and continues to the end of the Grand Canyon National Park on the North Rim. The Kaibab National Forest boundary is 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on State Highway 67.

As the route passes through the Kaibab National Forest, visitors can view beautiful high elevation mixed conifer forests, sub-alpine meadows, montane grasslands, ponds and limestone outcrops. Tree species that occur in the area include ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) with some Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), white fir (Abies concolor), corkbark fir (Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica) and quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides). Each of these areas supports a unique plant community and provides many opportunities for viewing wildflowers including beautiful fleabane (Erigeron formosissimus), silverweed cinquefoil (Argentina anserina), small-leaf pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia), purple-white owl's-clover (Orthocarpus purpureoalbus), and sand dune wallflower (Erysimum capitatum).

Joe Averett