East Side Game Road

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East Side Game Road is a picturesque track connecting Tater Ridge FS 213 and Buffalo Ranch Road. The trail provides a convenient offroad shortcut from the Grand Canyon's North Rim to or from Highway 89A via the eastern slope of the Kaibab Plateau. The shortcut saves you from traveling more than 40 extra miles, offering a significant advantage in distance and perhaps time. Spanning approximately 8.3 miles, the elevation gradually decreases from 7400 feet to 5500 feet going east. The track traverses diverse landscapes, transitioning from verdant meadows and dense alpine pine forests to the expansive open grasslands of the high desert.

The trail is narrow in hilly sections but progressively widens in the lower section. A section of shelf road along the edge of a drop of several hundred feet. While 2WD vehicles with standard clearance can easily navigate this route from west to east, off-road tires are highly recommended due to the rocky terrain encountered in the hilly areas. However, traveling from east to west requires 4WD due to loose rocks, and steep inclines, all exacerbated in unfavorable weather conditions.

While the trail's western end offers several camping spots, the area's most remarkable camping is on the eastern end of Buffalo Ranch Road, with an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of the Grand Canyon.