We headed north from Phoenix towards Flagstaff and on north to Cameron which is a great place to fuel up and grab a Navajo Taco (my favorite). We continued on through the beautiful landscape of the Navajo Nation.
We had a quick stop at the historic Navajo Bridge to check out the river rafters which depart from Lee’s Ferry just up the river. We saw 6 of them in a row heading towards the Grand Canyon. Fun. The bridge is actually 2 bridges, one for vehicles and the other bridge is a pedestrian bridge. The bridges cross the Colorado River at Marble Canyon and if you are lucky, you might spot a Condor or 2!
We continued on through the beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument gaining a few more thousand feet in elevation as we headed towards Jacob Lake.
Jacob Lake is at the crossroads of Highway 89A and the Grand Canyon Highway 67 which leads to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Jacob Lake sits at just under 8,000 feet elevation which provides a cool respite from the high summer heat in Phoenix. The Jacob Lake Campground is across the street from the Jacob Lake Inn. The Inn has a restaurant, a great bakery, a souvenir shop, a soda fountain offering shakes and ice cream, and an Indian fry break truck out front. There is also a fuel station there.
Campground: Jacob Lake Campground – Jacob Lake, Arizona
Location: Jacob Lake, Arizona (across from the Jacob Lake Inn)
Site: 16 (pull along)
Cost: $16 – 50% off with Interagency Pass
Services: dry camping
Comments: A small national forest campground with a number of nice private sites and great forest views. Even though the campground is right along Highway 89A we found it very quiet in the evenings and had no problem sleeping with the windows open. It was peaceful, quiet, cool, and beautiful. The campground also provides easy access to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.
We had beautiful weather with great cool days (in the 70s – which is cool compared to Phoenix in the summer) and even cooler evenings. That meant that we had a few campfires and our evenings spent under the stars. We even had a few small creatures visiting us.
Next up, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of our favorite places.