Family + Big Springs = Time Well Spent

Family time at Big Springs is time well spent.

The past month was family time at Big Springs. Our cabins housed numerous families from all over the world, 3 family reunions and a wedding reception. Plans are in the works for many return visits next year.

What makes Big Springs such a great place for families and groups?

  1. Affordability: Cabins are $65 per night and comfortably sleep 4 adults. You can also add a cot at no extra charge. Kitchen facilities allow families to cook meals instead of eating at restaurants.
  2. Accessibility & Convenience: Big Springs is located on FSR 22, the main Forest Service road crossing the Kaibab Plateau. It is approximately half way between Fredonia, AZ and the Grand Canyon National Park. The location makes it a great base for visiting Grand Canyon North Rim, Zion and Bryce national parks. Other popular tourist sites within a 2 hour drive include Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend, Navajo Bridge, Lees Ferry, House Rock, Pipe Springs national monument, the Wave, Duck Creek and many state parks. It is within a days’ drive from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego and Salt Lake City.
  3. Amenities: There are six cabins available for rent. Each cabin is furnished one full sized bed and two twin beds, dresser, chair, closets and a wood burning stove for heat. The restrooms each contain 2 showers. The “Big House” contains the community kitchen, dining room and living room. The kitchen is fully stocked with appliances, dishes, cookware and utensils. The dining room can comfortably seat up to 32. The living room features comfortable furniture (5 recliners!), puzzles, games and DVDs. The outdoor area provides plenty of space to spread out, play games and explore. The pond contains rainbow trout and is fed by the creek from the spring. There is a large meadow for running and outdoor games, a basketball net, several picnic tables, fire pit, swing and gas grill. A trail leads up to the Big Springs Lookout Tower. Hosts are on site to assist in making your visit successful.

Big Springs is special. It is a gorgeous, peaceful oasis that wraps its arms around you the minute you arrive. It offers something for every guest, young or old. The Kaibab Plateau is an amazing place for scenic views, hiking, mountain biking and exploring.


To plan a large family gathering, there are some things to consider:

  1. For large groups, it is best to book the entire site. This allows you to spread out and not have to worry about accommodating other guests. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Only four cabins at a time can be booked by one person. Two people will be needed to reserve all six cabins.
  2. With advance notice, we can possibly arrange for an interpretive program to be done for your group at the site. We can also make suggestions of other places to visit to help you establish your itinerary, tailored to your preferences.
  3. You can contact us before packing if you have any questions about what is in the kitchen or on site. This can usually save you from having to bring so much.


To check availability and make reservations, click here.


  1. Andi Hales on August 18, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Cathey. I just stumbled upon your blog while searching for Big Springs in google maps. I lived in one of the cabins as a forest service contractor in 2001. I am so happy to see pictures of what the cabins and layout looks like now! It was such an amazing place and great wildlife in the area. Some of my most fond memories are dangling my feet over the edge of the north rim and bon fires at Big Springs.

    • Cathey East on October 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Andi,
      Thanks for your comments. I would love to get more info from you about your time at Big Springs for our “Faces of Big Springs”. If this is something you would be willing to pursue, please let me know.

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