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Old 01-24-2018, 09:29 AM   #1
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Williams, AZ to Jacob Lake?

Looking for drive time from Williams,AZ to Jacob Lake, AZ. 35' gasser with dolly & car. Mapquest shows 199 miles, but 89a looks like it could slow us down significantly. We have reservations at Jacob Lake Recreation Area in late May and I want to get there by 3pm-ish. Also, are there any gas stations between Flagstaff and Jacob Lake? Gas Buddy does not show any. Thanks for the planning help and I do know that snow could be an issue affecting road conditions.
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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That stretch of 89 is good road. Not sure about slowing you down significantly but being mostly one lane it each direction slower vehicles could impact you I suppose. A couple of gradual climbs but nothing significant until you start the climb into Jacob Lake.

I don't recall any gas stations once past Cameron so if range is a concern you might want to top off there. Google maps shows Cameron approximately half way between Williams and Jacob Lake. Beautiful scenery on that road, especially the Vermillion Cliffs area. If you have time stop at Navajo Bridge on 89A near Lee's Ferry. We usually see Condors there.

Have a good trip.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:50 AM   #3
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no experience with 89a but we ran 89 fm flagstaff to page last spring and as i recall that was a 2+ hour drive so your drive ought to be closer to 3 but not longer. 89 was mostly 2-lane with some short stretches of rough road. as i recall there were several gas opportunities along the way.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:11 PM   #4
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There's fuel at Flagstaff, Cameron, Tuba City (and Page if taking 89). 89A is more scenic than 89. 89 is an 'easier' drive hill-wise. If taking 89A you'll have a steep climb up to Jacob Lake if that would concern you. Many RVers do it though. We did from both directions quite a few times. It just depends how you feel about it. If taking 89 through Page you'd then head south to Fredonia, AZ toward Jacob Lake. Again, you'll have a climb up to Jacob Lake but it's not as pronounced as from 89A. Have a good trip! Beautiful country!!


If you were planning on visiting Grand Canyon South Rim you could take 64 north out of Williams and drive through the park continuing on 64 east to Hwy 89 north thereby avoiding the Flagstaff route to 89.
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There's fuel at Flagstaff, Cameron, Tuba City (and Page if taking 89). 89A is more scenic than 89. 89 is an 'easier' drive hill-wise. If taking 89A you'll have a steep climb up to Jacob Lake if that would concern you. Many RVers do it though. We did from both directions quite a few times. It just depends how you feel about it. If taking 89 through Page you'd then head south to Fredonia, AZ toward Jacob Lake. Again, you'll have a climb up to Jacob Lake but it's not as pronounced as from 89A. Have a good trip! Beautiful country!!


If you were planning on visiting Grand Canyon South Rim you could take 64 north out of Williams and drive through the park continuing on 64 east to Hwy 89 north thereby avoiding the Flagstaff route to 89.
and if the OP is going thru Page there's a gas station at the sound end of town on the east side of the road immediately at the traffic circle. that station has RV/Truck pump lanes on the east side (rear) of the station. we fueled there last year. and if I recall correctly the station on the west side of 89 at that same traffic circle also have RV/Truck fuel lanes.
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The interstate W of Flag is one of the roughest road in AZ
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The interstate W of Flag is one of the roughest road in AZ
yup. I-40 east of Flagstaff isn't much better and SB I-17 from I-40 to about Camp Verde is no prize either.
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:50 PM   #8
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We live in Page.
89 from Flag is a good road but somewhat bouncy north of Gray Mountain. There is a gas station 15 miles north of the Tuba City turn off (120) called "The Gap" Small station but the outside lane will work for MHs. No matter what your GPS says DO NOT turn off of 89 at the Gap if you decide to go to Page. Don't go to Page if you want to make your time limit. Too far. Stay on 89. 89A starts at Bitter Springs. Don't bypass Cameron or The Gap for gas. Cameron has better stations than the Gap. The last station going north out of Cameron (Shell IIRC) on the left has a huge curio shop with both touristy Indian stuff and some real good for real Indian stuff.
When you get to Bitter springs turn left and just follow the road. LOTS of MHS do it. As mentioned there is a rather steep climb that way to Jacobs Lake after about 20 miles. There is gas along 89A about 25 miles down that road.
When passing through Flag north on 89 toward the north end of town you will see a big Conoco station on the right with truck lanes around back. Beyond that you will find a Standard station on the left with good prices.
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much.

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