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Red Butte

Red Butte
Views from Red Butte
Fire lookout on Red Butte
map: Red Butte
Elevation plot: Red Butte


How to Get There
This hike is located near Flagstaff, AZ.

To the Trailhead start: From the Flagstaff area, take HWY 180 North West towards the south rim of the Grand Canyon. From the junction with HWY-64, turn North (staying on HWY 180) for another 10.4 miles. At the signed road junction for FR320, turn right (FR320 is also about 13.5 miles South of the Grand Canyon south entrance gate). Go about 1.5 miles on this well graded dirt road and turn left onto FR340. After 0.8 miles, turn right onto FR340A and head for the signed Red Mountain trailhead. You will reach the trailhead parking area after 0.3 miles.
Northern Arizona

Hike details

3.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
3.0 miles round trip
1.25 [Hours]
1 hour and 20 minutes to the top (with some time enjoying the views) and back
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 1000 ft gain
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Date Hike completed
January 03, 2009


Solitude Details
Excellent. On an overcast day in May I had this trail all to myself.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Easy climbs to great views are rare, so this is a good one to take advantage of. This is an Easy hike.


Be Aware of
FR320 can be closed in the winter

Hike up Red Butte in Northern Arizona.

On the drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you'll notice a lone mountain keeping a solitary watch over the area. This mountain is known as Red Butte and there is a very pleasant trail up to the top of it. The Havasupai tribe consider this a sacred mountain, so please treat it accordingly.

From the well marked trailhead, simply follow the trail as it heads up. The elevation grade is consistent and the trail is easy to follow. As you climb, you're treated to increasingly enjoyable views of the surrounding area. Since Red Butte is all alone in this area, it makes for a unique perspective.

At the top there is a fire lookout, along with an outhouse and lots of great views. The San Francisco peaks are easily visible. Be sure to walk around the different sides of the butte to enjoy all of the different views.

When you've finished enjoying the top of Red Butte, return the way you came.


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