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Kaibab National Forest

Divided by the Grand Canyon into two distinct ecosystems, this 1.6-million-acre forest offers a peaceful escape from the park madness. Thick stands of ponderosa dominate the higher elevations, while piñon and juniper create a fragrant backdrop further down. Sightings of elk, mule, deer, turkeys, coyotes (and even mountain lions and black bears) are all possible.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Kaibab National Forest.