JACOB LAKE RANGER STATION

Attractions: This cabin and barn, built in 1910 are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The two-room cabin served as both office and living quarters for the ranger, who patrolled the forest on horseback in the days before motor vehicles or roads existed in the area. Forest rangers established management programs for timber, livestock, recreation, wildlife, and fire protection. This cabin had few conveniences; there was no electricity or plumbing (except for a pump in the sink) and heat was provided by a fireplace. A telephone connected the station with the supervisor's office then located in Kanab, Utah. Today, Jacob Lake Ranger Station is the oldest Forest Service facility remaining in use on the North Kaibab Ranger District, and is among the oldest in the Southwest Region. It is historically significant for its association with the initiation of land conservation programs by the U.S. Forest Service at the turn of the century.

Location: One mile west and south of North Kaibab Visitor Center.

Elevation: 8150 feet.

Access: Take FR 461 west for 0.8 mile from AZ 67 at North Kaibab Visitor Center, then turn south for 0.3 mile on FR 282. The old Ranger Station is on the east side of the road. The all-weather roads make this a suitable trip for sedans.

Vegetation: Mature ponderosa pine dominates the area with scattered Gambel oak understory.

Wildlife: The early morning or late afternoon hours are the best times to observe mule deer and/or turkey. Kaibab squirrels, chipmunks, and numerous bird species can be seen almost anytime.

JACOB LAKE LOOKOUT TOWER

Attractions: This steel lookout tower, erected in 1934, is 80 feet tall. From this vantage point over the forest, the lookout can quickly spot and report fires. This type of steel tower was once commonly seen on Forests, but many have been replaced by modern types in recent years. For this reason, and because of its historic association with Forest Service fire suppression progress, Jacob Lake Lookout tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: One mile south of North Kaibab Visitor Center at Jacob Lake.

Elevation: 8160 feet.

Access: Take AZ 67 south from North Kaibab Visitor Center for about one mile. Signs mark the turnoff to the lookout tower, which is just east of the highway.

Vegetation: Mature ponderosa pine dominates, with scattered Gambel oak understory.

Wildlife: Mule deer and turkey can be seen in the early morning or late afternoon. Kaibab squirrels, chipmunks, and numerous bird species are often observed.