Location

  • Cedar Ranch to Moqui Stage Station

Length

  • 24.5 miles

Southern Access Point: Cedar Ranch

Access

From Flagstaff drive north on US 180 about 33.0 miles and turn right (east) onto FR 417 near mile marker 248 (if you reach the Kaibab National Forest sign, you’ve gone too far by 0.4 miles). Continue 5.2 miles to a point just a short distance north of Cedar Ranch Headquarters, where a side road (FR 9008A) leaves FR 417 to the left. The next passage begins here and follows FR 9008A northward.


Northern Access Point: Moqui Stage Station

Access

From the intersection of US 180 and AZ 64 in the town of Valle, go north on AZ 64 for 11 miles to FR 320 (mile marker 224). Turn right (east) onto FR 320 and drive 16 miles to an intersection with FR 301. Turn right (south) on FR 301 and drive 3.5 miles to Moqui Stage Station. Park here, walk up a road that curves to the right (north-east), pass an old stone well in 50 yards, and follow singletrack east through the trees 0.1 mile to intersect the very distinct AZT. (To follow the AZT northbound, turn left toward Russell Tank).


Trail Route Description

This passage begins just east of Cedar Ranch area where FR 417 and FR 9008A intersect. Look for the steel AZT sign and a small parking area. From here, the route follows a pipeline road north to Tub Ranch. The route continues toward the corrals and a large metal water tank where you can refill your bottles. Once past the ranch house, the route heads west toward Chapel Mountain. Freshly built singletrack leaves the dirt (look for steel AZT markers on the north side of the road) and follow the scenic path for 15 miles. A wildlife waterer can be found 1/2-mile west of the trail near Upper Lockwood Tank Road. Continuing northbound, the trail leaves Babbitt Ranch property and enters the Kaibab National Forest. A quick side trip to Moqui Stage Station provides a look back in time when this location served as a rest stop for weary stagecoach travelers on their way from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon.


Difficulty

  • Moderate

Season(s)


Water

Water can usually be found at Tub Ranch (large metal tank near corrals) and the Wildlife Waterer located 1/2-mile east of the AZT near Upper Lockwood Tank Road.


Notes/Warnings

  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Babbitt Ranches has granted permission for the Arizona Trail to cross the CO Bar Ranch — one of only three segments of private property along the entire AZT. Babbitt Ranches works to support the Arizona Trail and peoples’ connection with the natural environment, rich history, and wild experiences offered by this region. Please be good stewards of these lands and resources, and respect the people who live and work here.
  • Please avoid approaching the house at Tub Ranch.

Resources

  • USGS Topographic Maps: SP Mountain, Chapel Mountain, Lockwood Canyon and Peterson Flat.
  • Coconino National Forest map.
  • Kaibab National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

For more information


Current Passage Info

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Flickr Photos

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