In the vicinity of Mormon Lake you may want to visit the picturesque little village along its western shore. This requires a short detour along FR's 90 and 240. In the village you'll find a lodge and restaurant, along with a number of rentable cabins. You can also rent a riding horse here, or a mountain bike or even cross country skis and snowmobiles in winter.
After leaving Forest Highway 3, the Plateau Lakes Drive takes you down a little traveled country road through meadows and forests where you'll see vestiges of the area's ranching heritage and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of its plentiful wildlife. The return trip is via Interstate 17 which features an excellent long distance view of the San Francisco Peaks.
Road Conditions: FH 3 is paved. FR 213 is graveled but suitable for passenger cars in most weather. It is sometimes closed after winter storms, however.
Elevation: 7,000 Feet
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet
Distance: 80 Miles
Directions: From Flagstaff, Drive south out of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) about 33 miles to Forest Road 213. Turn west 15 miles on FR 213 to I-17 and return 32 miles to Flagstaff.
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