North of the Grand Canyon rim in the Kaibab National Forest, the Arizona Trail follows the 50 mile Kaibab Plateau Trail in the North Kaibab Ranger District through spruce, fir, pine, and aspen forests which are interspersed with meadow. The trail stretches from the North Rim Entrance Station in the south to Winter Road east of Fredonia and is one of the most scenic sections of the Arizona Trail. There is a splendid panorama of House Rock Valley, the Vermilion Cliffs, and Marble Canyon along with overlooks of North Canyon and Saddle Mountain Wilderness are found at East Rim View. The horseback riding route parallels SR67 (Grand Canyon Highway) from the north entrance to the intersection with SR89A about 2.5 miles northeast of Jacob Lake (a good trailhead). Continuing north, the trail goes another 15 miles and passes through mature pine and aspen forests.
There are several other good trailhead locations:
1. The northern trailhead of the Arizona Trail is located at the intersection of Forest Road 248 and the Forest boundary; about 13 1/2 miles north of US 89A, and 15 1/2 miles from Jacob Lake.
2. Junction of US 89A and Forest Road 205: 2.0 miles northeast of North Kaibab Visitor Center.
3. Junction FR 205: 9 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67 turn left (east) on FR 205. Go 0.3 miles to trailhead.
4. Telephone Hill trailhead: Drive south on Highway 67 to FR 241. Trailhead is located 0.1 mile east of Highway 67.
5. East Rim Viewpoint.
6. Junction FR 610: Drive south on Highway 67 to FR 611 (just south of DeMotte Park). Continue on FR 611 to FR 610. Go right (south) on FR 610 for 6.0 miles to trailhead.
Overall, Arizona Trail - Kaibab Plateau Horse Trail is the 40th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona.