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Distance One Way 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,717 feet
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The Navajo Trail is an old Indian and sheepherding trail. In 1871, John D. Lee traversed the Buckskin Mountain (Kaibab Plateau) by way of a "well-used" horsepath; he is believed to be the first Anglo to use what is now called the Navajo Trail.

The trail traverses the scenic pinyon and juniper forests of House Rock Valley and the oak and pine of the Kaibab Plateau. It overlooks the Paria Plateau and its unique wind and watersculpted red rock formations.

This is a connecting trailhead with the Kaibab Plateau Trail (part of the Arizona Trail). The Navajo Trail continues west from Joe's Reservoir, across the plateau to the Forest boundary.

Length: 12 Miles

Hiking Time: An 8-hour hike from the trailhead in House Rock Valley to the trailhead on the northwest boundary of the forest.

Rating: Moderate

Trailhead Location: Summer-Fall trailhead at 6,800 feet on FR 248 at Joe's Reservoir. Winter trailhead on House Rock Road at Two Mile Ranch.

Recommended Seasons: Spring to early summer, fall to early winter.

Use Restrictions: No motorized equipment or motor vehicles may be operated on the trail.

Access #1: From North Kaibab Visitor Center go west on US 89A for 2 miles and turn north onto FR 248; continue on FR 248 for 11 miles to Joe's Reservoir.

Travel Time: About 1/2 hour from North Kaibab Visitor Center.

Road Conditions: Suitable for sedans in dry weather.

Access #2: About 11 miles east of North Kaibab Visitor Center on US 89A (0.5 mile east of Forest boundary) turn north at the abandoned gas station; go 7 miles to the Two Mile Ranch and trailhead on west side of road.

Travel Time: About 1 hour from North Kaibab Visitor Center.

Road Conditions: Suitable for sedans in dry weather.

Access #3: From the North Kaibab Visitor Center go west on Highway 89A 15 miles to FR 248D. Go 0.5 miles; turn left and continue on this road for 4 miles. Turn right (east) along fenceline for 0.6 miles to trailhead.

Travel Time: About 45 minutes from North Kaibab Visitor Center.

Road Conditions: Suitable for high clearance vehicles.

USGS Map(s): Houserock Spring (See Forest Map... available at Visitor Center for small fee.)


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