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When you’re aiming to touch the sky, book an RV rental in Kachina Peaks Wilderness. Within its 18,960 acres of forests and mountains, you’ll reach heights that are found nowhere else in Arizona. The wilderness area is not accessible by vehicle and encompasses many of the upper peaks of the San Francisco Peaks. This includes the state’s highest point, Humphrey’s Peak, which hovers at an impressive 12,643 feet. Kachina Peaks Wilderness is actually a part of the Coconino National Forest, which is one of six national forests in Arizona.
The name “Kachina” comes from the area’s indigenous people as this land is sacred to them. The Kachinas, or Hopi deities, are said to live within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness before taking flight from the mountain peaks to the Hopi mesas as clouds in midsummer. These clouds bring the rain of the seasonal monsoons. Whether you uncover the elusive Kachinas or not, you’ll still be left in awe over the scenery. You won’t be able to just drive on through with your rental RV; you’ll need to get out on foot to experience Kachina Peaks Wilderness.
Hiking fanatics will rave about the number of accessible trails within Kachina Peaks Wilderness. There are a variety of final destinations like a dormant volcano (don’t worry, it last erupted two million years ago), forests, and several mountain peaks. You are guaranteed a fantastic view and a workout. Just remember to pack appropriate footwear and to bring a map along. Additional hiking opportunities can be found within Coconino National Forest should you manage to exhaust all trails offered by Kachina Peaks Wilderness.
Winter month RV rental travelers will need a permit to explore the snow-laden Kachina Peaks Wilderness. After you obtain the necessary permit, the wilderness is open to cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Come prepared for the weather and be realistic with your abilities. The wilderness can be unforgiving.
While there are no motorized or mechanical vehicles, including bicycles, allowed within Kachina Peaks Wilderness, you can find mountain biking in other areas of the national forest. Be sure to check which trails actually allow bikes and roll on out. The terrain can be challenging, but the surrounding scenery is stunning.
When it comes to bodies of water, you won’t find any within Kachina National Wilderness, but you will be able to find a place to cast a line or take a dip within the general Coconino National Forest. Each of the ranger districts has a body of water. Some are ideal for swimming and boating, while others are best used for fishing. Use your best judgment as there are no lifeguards or other personal monitoring these locations.
Since no motorized vehicles are allowed within Kachina National Wilderness, there is no RV rental camping allowed. However, Kachina National Wilderness campers can look to Coconino National Forest for several campground options. The forest spreads over areas of Flagstaff and Sedona. There are campgrounds within each ranger district. Kachina National Wilderness is a part of the Flagstaff Ranger District, so looking at available RV sites here could be the best place to start. The amenities available vary by campground, but all will have showers, restrooms, and water.
The encompassing Coconino County also has a great selection of RV-friendly campsites should you prefer to stay more central to the area. The campgrounds will be as inclusive or remote as you chose them to be. Kachina National Wilderness will just be a short trip away while you have the civilization of the Coconino County super accessible.
Flagstaff happens to be the largest neighboring metropolitan area. The year-round destination is lively, with many ways to keep entertained. The city is rather hospitable and puts on a variety of events and festivals. Check the line up to see if anything strikes your fancy while you’re here in town. Within the city, there are a handful of historic spots, an adventure course, an arboretum, and a charming downtown. Spend your evening out on the town by visiting some of the delicious restaurant and bar options.
Just two hours south, the state’s capital city, Phoenix, lies in wait. The energy of this city is contagious. You may even need to dedicate a whole day or more to exploring all Phoenix has to offer. There’s a great selection of museums covering all topics to encourage learning about the area, the wilderness, and the history. For the younger crowd, there’s both an amusement park and an outdoor water park. Or, if it’s raining, head to the zoo or aquarium. There’s much to be uncovered in Phoenix.