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JACOB LAKE RECREATION AREA, AZ

part ofKaibab National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: JACOB LAKE RECREATION AREA
Status: Closed through Wed May 13 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Jacob Lake Recreation Area is conveniently located in Jacob Lake, Arizona, the gateway to the Grand Canyon's North Rim. The campground is nestled among the towering Ponderosa Pine trees of the North Kaibab National Forest, where ample opportunities to enjoy nature abound, from hiking and mountain biking to birding.

Summer temperatures are pleasant during the day and nights are cool, while several feet of snow cover the landscape in winter. The campground closes each year by the end of October, though the national forest remains open.

Natural Features:

Jacob Lake is at an elevation of 7,920 feet. The Kaibab Plateau is an area uplifted by geologic processes, making it higher in elevation than the surrounding deserts (the closest town of Fredonia, Arizona is 28 miles away and nearly 4,700 feet).

Many species of wildlife call the Kaibab home, including the tassel-eared Kaibab squirrel, found nowhere else in the world, and numerous species of birds. The nearby lake only fills up with water occasionally, but marsh areas along the edges of the lake are great bird habitats.

Recreation:

Grand Canyon National Park is a popular destination for campers staying at Jacob Lake Recreation Area. But from the campground itself, visitors can walk a pleasant one-mile loop trail, or take a 10 minute drive to the Kaibab Plateau Trail a section of the Arizona Trail, which runs north-to-south across the entire length of the state. The national forest also has a variety of mountain biking trails ranging from beginner to advanced levels. There is no fishing at Jacob Lake.

Reservations for horseback riding and chuck wagon rides, as well as bike rentals, are available at Jacob Lake Inn across the street.

Facilities:

The group campground is adjacent to Jacob Lake Campground and features two group sites that can accommodate up to 100 people each. While perfect for weddings, family reunions and other large group events, this campground is not intended for traditional camping with small groups of people. The facility offers ramadas, grills, tables, toilets and water.

Jacob Lake Recreation Area is very accessible. It is located on 89A, a paved U.S. highway, yet set far enough back from the road to provide privacy. The roads within the campground are also paved.

The facility is across the street from Jacob Lake Inn, which has a restaurant, gas station, gift shop and limited groceries, and the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center. The nearest full facilities are 30 to 40 miles away in Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab, Utah.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is 44 miles north of Grand Canyon National Park's rustic and less populated North Rim - home to abundant wildlife, hiking trails, spruce-fir and Ponderosa pine forests and unparalleled views of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Enjoy a visit to the North Rim from mid-May through mid-October; the road is closed during winter.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Host
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Amphitheater
  • Biking
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Scenic Overlooks
Know Before You Go
  • Overnight campsites have a check-in time of 2 p.m. and a check-out time of 1 p.m. The day use site has a check-in time of 8 a.m. and a check-out time of 8 p.m.
  • This region has frequent thunderstorms from mid-June through mid-September.
  • This is a high elevation facility. Please use caution when traveling from lower elevations.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.7, -112.20972
36°42'0"N, 112°12'35"W

The facility is 30 miles southeast of Fredonia, Arizona on U.S. Route 89A. It is 0.1 miles from the intersection of U.S. Route 89A and State Route 67.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

JACOB LAKE RECREATION AREA
HC 64, BOX 65
FREDONIA  AZ  86022

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)569-2333
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