FR 164B Canyon Loop

Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 03/26/2019
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Highlight: FR 164B Canyon Loop
Canyon Loop, also known as FR164B, is a good place to camp, and a good place to do some forest restoration tourism. This dirt road, while rough, offers abundant dispersed camping for your RV, trailer, or out of your car, without crowding or fees. The setting is the beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest of the Coconino National Forest. The forest is undergoing restoration under the Fort Valley Restoration Project, and you will have a chance to see your tax dollars at work improving the health of this once-overgrown forest. It's not the most choice camping destination in Flagstaff, but it is free, uncrowded, conveniently located by Snowbowl, and easily accessible. And if you're feeling adventurous, this is a great way to cut the corner from US-180 to Snowbowl Road, adding half an hour of time but making the drive *much* more interesting. As a bonus, you'll have access to the Fort Valley Trail and the Moto Trail, which are good places to mountain bike and which connect with the Arizona Trail.


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1. Trailhead off Fort Valley Road (0 mi)
About one mile north of the Museum of Northern Arizona on US-180 (Fort Valley Road), there will be an unmarked turn on the right in the middle of a sweeping left bend in the road; you will pass a "164B" marker.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Flagstaff

Take US-180 (which is Fort Valley Road) roughly three miles northwest out of Flagstaff. Just after the houses recede, not far after the North Schultz Pass Road junction, you will see a well used forest road on your right with no signage; this is in the middle of a long, sweeping left bend in US-180. Exit here, and note the small "164B" marker on the right side. You will see a parking lot and Fort Valley Trail System access on your right in a few hundred yards. Bear right at the T. You are here.



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Ben Ruddell

Mapping Crew - Arizona

Ben is an Engineering PhD and Civil Engineer living in Flagstaff with a family of seven. He grew up car camping in Michigan, and later in Southern Illinois. By way of Utah, Southeast Alaska, Michigan, Illinois, and for eight years in Phoenix, He now lives in Flagstaff, AZ and spends summers in Durango, CO. His favorite weekends are spent exploring a new trail or route, usually with the intent of scoring a nice day hike or short overnight car camp with his kids. He frequently finds that his maps are out of date or that roads are impassable without specialized equipment, and wants to create better information for himself and other enthusiasts in his backyard, the 4 corners region of AZ, CO, NM, an UT.
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