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I'm planning a Spring 2023 trip to the Kaibab Plateau, which is the National Forest that borders the North Rim of The Grand Canyon. Looks like there's a maze of forest roads to explore, and I am posting to ask if anyone would suggest specific interesting places to check out. Rather than wander about, I'm looking for cool spots as goals. I saw one video where a trio went to Crazy Jug lookout point. As always, I will be camping (dispersed) and trucking in my t-dub. I will likely combine a day in the Arizona Strip near Mesquite, NV. The Virgin Hotel and Casino is $30 or so mid-week, and I have stayed there several times.
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Don't know name or number of some of the roads I've explored but be aware that south of Jacob Lake is closed between October 15th and May 15th. Deer are plentiful so exercise caution after dark. Buffalo, also.
 

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Don't know name or number of some of the roads I've explored but be aware that south of Jacob Lake is closed between October 15th and May 15th. Deer are plentiful so exercise caution after dark. Buffalo, also.
I see that the elevation is high and I understand the road is closed in winter. I'm a tent camper, so I need temps above freezing! I live in the San Diego area, so this location is an easy drive. I'll be camping in Wyoming in July, just like the past 3 years. Probably hit Montana and Idaho in September. I spend the winter planning trips!
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Black Bear Diner in St George is a good breakfast stop. Pipe Springs National Monument is an interesting stop enroute.
 

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Yes, it is high.
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If the Plateau is still snowed in or access closed next spring an alternative to the west is Toroweep. At about 4500 ft at the overlook ( Colorado Ricer is a couple thousand feet free fall below) the weather and roads were good when I camped there in the late spring years past.
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Extremely dramatic yet relatively unvisited. The Admirals & I did the 60 mile or so ride in there a couple years ago just as a day trip. Nice TW cruising with a impressive destination.
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Kris getting close. Lori laid down and hung her head over the precipice. Brave Lady, I'll stick to motorcycling.
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Believe other than a car parked at Ranger residence 3/4 way in and another visitor or 2 we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Camping is on a spur with half a dozen sites within a hundred yards of cliff edge. New posted Park rules means reservations now need to be made and paid for well in advance which is a hassle. That may explain why no one was camped there. 😎
However you could visit it and have a unique intimate experience so vastly different from what millions of other Grand Canyon Park annular visitors see.
 

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Thanks. The Grand Canyon itself is a nice addition, but this trip planning is more based on the proximity to my home, the fact that it's new to me and all the forest roads I see on the MVUM map. I just love seeing dirt roads on a map and then exploring them just to see where they go and if I can connect one to another. There are so few non-gated roads here in San Diego county, so I have to get out of the state to find more new and open places. We rode 40 miles on pavement last Saturday, only to find the gate closed because it had rained 3 days earlier!
 

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I feel your pain.
Regardless of which route you take to get on the north side of the river there should be lots of free and open access riding areas on the way, much less regulated than San Diego County. South Rim can have snow closures in spring time too, but lower elevations on way up have given me good forest service road explorations and camping.

Hopefully your Kaibob Plateau plans work out. If not there is time to think of a Plan B.
Riding on tribal lands can be a rewarding less crowded experience than your home region can offer. Here is a place you can give the Indians money to lessen any cultural guilt...places like this are not cheap but worth it.The Grand Canyon West Skywalk on Havasupai lands(SP?) is a good long ride into . Visited that when it first opened and parts still under construction. Walking on clean glass walkway underfoot pits mind over matter... you know you are safe but part of the brain wants to evoke a primal survival urge to flee.
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Nearby Peach Creek has the Diamond Creek road, one of but a few that goes down to Colorado River's edge.
Often used as a take-out point for comerical river trips I shared it with but a skunk overnight for only a $10 dollar permit purchased at tribal headquarters in Peach. Nice if you like a solitary experience, and the road challenges makes you feel like yo've earned right to overnight there.
 

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I feel your pain.
Regardless of which route you take to get on the north side of the river there should be lots of free and open access riding areas on the way, much less regulated than San Diego County. South Rim can have snow closures in spring time too, but lower elevations on way up have given me good forest service road explorations and camping.

Hopefully your Kaibob Plateau plans work out. If not there is time to think of a Plan B.
Riding on tribal lands can be a rewarding less crowded experience than your home region can offer. Here is a place you can give the Indians money to lessen any cultural guilt...places like this are not cheap but worth it.The Grand Canyon West Skywalk on Havasupai lands(SP?) is a good long ride into . Visited that when it first opened and parts still under construction. Walking on clean glass walkway underfoot pits mind over matter... you know you are safe but part of the brain wants to evoke a primal survival urge to flee.
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Nearby Peach Creek has the Diamond Creek road, one of but a few that goes down to Colorado River's edge.
Often used as a take-out point for comerical river trips I shared it with but a skunk overnight for only a $10 dollar permit purchased at tribal headquarters in Peach. Nice if you like a solitary experience, and the road challenges makes you feel like yo've earned right to overnight there.
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