Benham National Recreation Trail

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Kaibab National Forest

Benham National Recreation Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Williams, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.8 miElevation gain1,456 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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For more information, please review the park website. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/recarea/?recid=11669&actid=50

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Williams: Turn south on Fourth Street (County Road 73) and go about 3.5 miles to FR 140 and turn right; proceed about 0.3 mile to the trailhead.

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Leah Thistle
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Katie O'Neil
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Nice gradual incline, very easy to follow. Majority of trail is still covered in snow, fairly compact on our way up, but slushier on way down as it was a very sunny day.

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John Cook
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Hiking

This trail has just been opened. I wanted to point out that while the trail may officially end most hikers continue up the road to the tower. count on 9 miles round trip.

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Hallie Mueller
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Hiking

The trail is closed for fire restrictions through October 1rst 2020

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Anthony Lee
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy to hike.

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Sheree Khollman
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of shade. Trail was very easy to follow which was comforting since was my first time here.

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jason wallace
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Hiking

nice tail, gradual switchbacks. the logging made the beginning mile a but ugly hence the -stars

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Jarred Barr
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Hiking

Went to the top of Bill Williams. Good hike, 9miles to the top and back. does cross some gravel roads and the first mile is currently being logged so a lot of knocked over trees but path is clear

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Mark Leonard
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Hiking

High winds kept us from going to the top. About 4 hour R/T, 1750' gain to our stopping point at 8900'. First 1.5-2 miles is fairly flat, then it climbs out nicely. Some recent trail clearing made this all passable sans one downed tree. Only one car on the dirt road, no one else on the trail on a Sunday. Nice views with fall colors starting near the top.

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Mathew Palmer
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Hiking

nice trail. a bit narrow in places. shaded by tree cannopy on sections of trail.

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Tom Williams
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Mountain biking

I love this trail it's an intermediate on the downhill. The 2nd and 3rd segments closer to the top have a lot of trees down in the trail so be careful

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Rob Walsh
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Dianne Audette
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Hiking

The first 1/2 mike was wonderful. Loved the forest. Unfortunately the trail went close to the road several times with 3 different actual road crossing. All we could here for most of the hike were side by sides on the road. Very frustrating. When we finally got to the summit we found several radio towers. So much for nature. Disappointed is to easy a word for how we felt. Did it once. That was enough.

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Sara Condit
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Hiking

This is a long trail. If it wasnt so long I would say the hike over all was pretty easy. It is 5 miles to the top. You cross a few dirt roads. When you get to the top it is very scenic. I am glad I did this trail but I am only doing it once.

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Jordan Flynn
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Hiking

My first time doing this trail today so I’m not sure how it normally is. But there was a blanket of snow covering a decent amount of the trail. As a previous review said the views at the top are pretty obstructed by buildings and towers but awesome views the last couple miles of the hike. Took my dog and I about 3 hours and 10 minutes in total walking pretty quickly. Definitely worth doing just be prepared

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Millet Rodulfa
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Hiking

Rocky trail, but the view on the top is great. dogs can use these trail.

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mark ferguson
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Running

Great run. About 9 miles to the lookout and back on a good single track with only a few steep sections. It's fairly moderate on the way up and cruiser on the way down. Beautiful scenery and no one on the trail on xmas day. The towers at the top and the fact that the trail crosses the road up in several spots does detract a star.

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Sarah Ruth
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Great trail.

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Rita Hartsell Noret
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Hiking

This is a great hike! Only saw a few other hikers. It does run along side an ATV road which can be noisy at times and you will also cross it few times. I got 7.5 miles on my GPS. We decided to hike up to the Bill Williams Lookout tower which made it a 10 mile out and back.

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Mike Koles
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and the wildlife made it even better. I wish I would have recorded the trail because it is definitely more than 400 and some feet of elevation gain...

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Steve Hall
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Backpacking

Trail was in good shape. Comfort station at the trailhead was very clean. Evidence of recent horse activity on the trail going down. My only gripe (and it has nothing to do with the trail itself) was an inconsiderate young couple had been walking with their PitBull mix of a dog and it was running loose. It did charge up to me; but, I saw it coming and was prepared for it. It only takes one person to ruin it for the rest of us pet owners.

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Diana Ambrosie
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Hiking

This trail was lovely. I was trying to find Bill Williams and just went around in circles because I didn't have this app. And before you start laughing, which I would do also, I want to let you know i haven't been hiking alone in Arizona before and have not worked out since last summer when I lived in Tahoe. So anyhow, I parked the car and kept going. Now, I went past the 3.8 mile marker and went all the way to the antennas and satellite dishes. The views are breathtaking. You can literally see the south rim from the top. Amazing. I also ran about 20% uphill and 80% downhill because I started this at 5pm and didn't want to end up there all alone after darkness. Totally recommend. The soreness can attest to how much I enjoyed this trail.

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Jessica Rogozinski
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Beautiful trail.

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ken anello
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Blake Schraufnagel
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Alan Taylor
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Kris Larson
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Leslie Tyler
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jason charles
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jason charles
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