Three Fire Towers

A beautiful, family friendly route to these beautiful vistas.

Total Miles
52.4

Elevation

2795.16 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Summer/Fall

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Trail Overview

The fire towers are manned by rangers from May through October. Unlicensed OHVs are not allowed on Highway 67, but there are a few places to park on Forest Road 461. You'll have a rather long ride to the Dry Park Tower. A lot of people turn around at the Big Springs Tower due to the length of the trail. You'll see a lot of different side roads along this route as well.

Difficulty

Easy. Mostly smooth forest roads with a few mild rocky spots. Muddy sections possible during rainy periods. High-clearance 2-wheel drive adequate when dry.

History

In the 1940s, the Forest Service had more than 4,000 manned fire towers. Today there are about 900. The Kaibab National Forest has five, three of which are described here. We spent a long time talking to the ranger at the Big Springs Tower and learned a lot. Rangers typically work 5 days a week. Some have cabins and live at the sites; others go home each day.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

We start this route in Jacob Lake at the intersection of Highway 89A and 67.