Kaibab National Forest, Fredonia
By Kelly Vaughn Kramer
Jacob Lake was named for Mormon pioneer Jacob Hamblin, who settled in the area in the 19th century. If you saw a photograph of Hamblin, you might not be impressed by his pioneer looks, but you should be impressed by his reputation among the Indians with whom he dealt. You see, Hamblin was known as the “Buckskin Apostle.” Although Hamblin is long gone, the lake and campground that bear his name are fitting tributes. It’s quiet here, north of the Grand Canyon, and sometimes the only sounds you’ll hear are those of the wildlife, which includes elk, deer, and countless birds and squirrels. The lake is open for fishing and boating, and the gorgeous, pine-tree-lined campground features standard amenities and spacious sites. If more adventure appeals to you, you’re not far from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where hiking trails abound. Be sure, though, to obtain a backcountry permit if you plan to hike into the Canyon.
Campfire Tale: You won’t find the Kaibab squirrel many places, but you will find it near Jacob Lake. A native of the Kaibab Plateau, the squirrel is characterized by its black belly, white tail and tufted ears.
PHOTO: Jacob Lake Campground is popular among families, cyclists and boaters. | Shane McDermott
Elevation: 7,900 feet
Directions: From Fredonia, travel south on U.S. Route 89A for about 30 miles to the campground, which is at the intersection of U.S. 89A and State Route 67.
Information: North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest, 928-643-7395 or www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab
Season: Mid-May through mid-August
Fee: $17 per night (single site); $70–$125 per night (group sites)
Reservations: Yes, for group sites only
Amenities: Toilets, Pets, Water