Saddle Mountain, Grand Canyon North Rim

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Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain provides the visitor to Grand Canyon National Park with extensive views of colorful canyon walls and formations as well as a perfect place to hike into the wilderness. Read More

  • Enjoy spectacular views along the ridge that is part of the Saddle Mountain Trail
  • See wildlife such as mule deer, pronghorn antelope and buffalo
  • Camp at De Motte Park and have easy access to the mountain
  • Horseback riding is a treat as you move through forests of spruce and pine

What can I see and do at Saddle Mountain?

  • Views: This extinct volcano juts up from the edge of the North Rim of Grand Canyon, offering some amazing views. You can see the eastern Echo Cliffs, Vermilion Cliffs to the north and Marble Canyon. These clear views are simply inspiring.
  • Hiking: The Saddle Mountain Trail begins in Grand Canyon National Park and continues into the Saddle Mountain Wilderness. You can trek along the top of the high ridge as you move towards the Kaibab Plateau.
  • Wildlife Viewing: New growth in this previously fire-ravaged area has attracted other life, such as mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and even buffalo. Spot some grouse, wild turkey and more, but watch out, there are rattlesnakes as well.
  • Camping: From the North Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park, travel five miles north on Highway 67 to find camping at De Motte Park. You can relax comfortably in sites with some shade, but not enough to block your views of the nearby meadow or the wildlife wandering close.
  • Horseback Riding: You’ll find Lookout Canyon Trail # 120 north on Highway 67, just south of Jacob Lake on Forest Development Road 461. You can enjoy riding horseback through beautifully forested areas of spruce and pine.
  • Hunting: Big game hunting is allowed in Kaibab National Forest around Saddle Mountain. You’ll find black bear, white tail deer, antelope and more.

Where is Saddle Mountain?

The northern entrance to Grand Canyon National Park is just a short distance from the turnoff for the Saddle Mountain Trailhead. Drive north on Highway 67 and turn east on FR #611 going about 1.3 miles. Then turn right on FR #610 and go 12 miles. Point Imperial Trail is on the right about 0.2 miles before the Saddle Mountain Trail.

When is Saddle Mountain open?

Although Saddle Mountain is “open” all year, winter brings snow that may prevent access. The best time to visit is between May and October.

How much does Saddle Mountain cost?

There is no fee to visit Saddle Mountain. If you are going to camp along any trail, you will need a permit that is $10 plus an additional $5 per group per night (within Grand Canyon National Park). If you will be hunting, you should visit the Arizona Fish and Game Department website to obtain all the rules and regulations and costs of different permits.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

If you have more questions, you can call the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest at (928) 643-7395.