Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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East Pocket, near Flagstaff, is the site of a historic wooden fire tower that is still manned every summer. The vantage of this high plateau offers incredible views, especially at the rim where the ground falls away dramatically into the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness and Verde Valley. Looking out across the same rock layers that line the Grand Canyon you can see Sedona and some of its iconic rock formations, the town of Cottonwood, and onward to Mingus Mountain and the distant Bradshaws.

The grandeur of this place has earned it a reputation among Flagstaff locals. It is a popular overlook and place to camp. Dispersed camping and campfires are allowed in this part of Coconino National Forest, but use care to dispose of waste properly and thoroughly douse all fires.

Access is more than 20 miles down Woody Mountain Road. Though this road is dirt, it is well-graded and passable to passenger cars. To get to the fire tower, continue along the road, keeping right at the forks, until you get to a locked gate. Walk uphill from here about a third of mile. This fire tower is not generally open to the public, and it is manned from May through October.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Amazing overlook. Free camping.

Cons

Dirt road.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Wildflowers
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest
Red Rock District, Coconino National Forest

Comments

02/14/2019
Hi Jesse, so glad to have found you online. I live in Flag and am always looking for local adventures. I've been to the End of the World and you've described in perfectly so I know your other recommendations will be spot on. Thanks!
10/15/2017
There is currently a detour on FR 231 due to a bridge being out. The detour is well marked and doesn't add a lot of time to the drive.
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