Kaibab National Forest in Arizona

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Kaibab National Forest

No matter who visits the Kaibab National Forest (Arizona), the choice of locations, whether desert or mountain terrains, is truly inspiring, and so close to the Grand Canyon, which it borders. In fact, the wealth of activities is inspiring. Most tourists cannot possibly see it in its entirety, so they return again and again, meeting new challenges each time.

The Kaibab National Forest in Arizona is a recreation area that sits on the Grand Canyon's northern and southern rims, and is deeply divided by a mile long of ravine. This division has created two different environments for visitors to play in, one a desert and the other an alpine mountainous area. Both are equally as attractive and have plenty of things to entertain even the pickiest traveler.

Recreation in the forest is diverse – camping, fishing, hiking, horse riding, horse pack riding, skiing, backpacking, bird and wildlife watching, rafting and climbing. In fact, there are a few designated campgrounds available, all completely serviced by modern facilities that are suited both for the single and hardened backpacker and the family with kids.

The forest sits on a plateau, covered in forests, grasslands, sage and sands. The name originated form a Paiute tribal word that literally means the mountain that lies down. In the late 19th century, the area was considered to be part of the then Grand Canyon Forest Reserve. By 1908, the northern section was called the Kaibab National Forest, but it was not until 1934 that the southern part was combined into what we know today.

The forest is easy to reach. A main visitor center is situated at the entrance, and provides visitors with plenty of information about the area's history, geology and activities.