• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

Scenic view for sunrises and sunsets with car camping available (no fees or permits required). Solitude and the possible Elk sighting. A great place to get away for the day or overnight.

Starting from Downtown Flagstaff we headed west. After making a left turn on Woody Mountain Road, we continued for 22 miles. Woody Mountain Road then becomes Forest Road 231. Continue on FS 231 until you find a killer spot to pitch it! Make sure to be wary of elk herds crossing the roads.

We made a fire ring to mitigate impact from campfires and set up tents however, the temperature was mild and we slept under the stars for most of the night. There are absolutely no safety rails or guards so use your best judgement when approaching the edge. Other than that make sure to pack out what you pack in, including toilet paper! Douse all fires completely because there is always an excess of dead dry trees and branches as well as brush. In the wintertime, Woody Mountain Road and the 231 are closed off however, access can be gained by taking the 89A south and making a right onto the FS 535. This way REQUIRES a 4WD car with high clearance. It is treacherous and unkept making the trip to The Edge nearly impossible in the winter or during a rain storm.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag (weather dependent)
  • Sleeping pad or mat
  • 3L of water per person
  • Backpack (if hiking)
  • Food
  • Camera
  • Lighter (for camp fires)
  • Hammocks
  • Hiking shoes/boots or trail runners
  • Mountain bike
  • Car with AWD or 4WD with medium to high clearance
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Drove up from Phoenix but never found the spot where these pictures were taken. I did find a nice spot deeper in the woods but really wanted to stay at the above mentioned location.

5 months ago
5 months ago

I was able to make it up mid day with my little companion. Found an amazing spot. Great stargazing. Plenty of elk on the drive up.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

We weren't able to find the lookout before dark, but the drive was incredible. We saw so many elk and ended up pulling to the side and camping nearby which was still rewarding!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Moe Lauchert

Always eager to learn new skills and share my passion for the outdoors; I see every experience as a catalyst for self-growth. I believe in the idea that every interaction affects our worldview and who we become at our core.

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