In the spring, wildflowers follow the retreating snow up the mountain. They color the meadows and decorate the forests reaching a climax just as summer comes to a close. Autumn then turns the mountain to gold, filling forest roads and trails with visitors come to enjoy the colorful display.
There are a number of places along this route where you can stop to take a hike, enjoy a lunch or even set up a primitive camp. That way you can take more than one day to do this drive or combine it with one or more of the other scenic drives in the vicinity of the San Francisco Peaks.
Road Conditions: FR's 418 and 151 are graveled and suitable for passenger cars in most weather. They are impassable for much of the winter, however.
Elevation: 9,000 Feet
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet
Distance: 44 Miles
Directions: From Flagstaff, Drive northeast 14 miles on US 89 to FR 418. Turn west 12 miles to FR 151, then south 8 miles to US 180. It's 9.5 miles back to Flagstaff.
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