Well known as a world-class destination for the sport of bouldering, Howard and Priest Draws are side-by-side shallow canyons with a yawning meadow in the middle that also make for scenic hiking. Cavernous limestone bluffs with cantilevered overhangs, slabby shelves, cracks and fist-sized depressions anchor both draws providing excellent rock for the nimble climbers who dangle from the stone like acrobatic bats.
- LENGTH: 3.8-mile loop
- RATING: easy
- ELEVATION: 6,830 – 6,880 feet
- BEST SEASON: April – October
- FACILITIES: none
- In Flagstaff go south on Lake Mary Road to Crimson Road, which is on the right just past the Canyon Vista Campground turnoff.
- Turn right onto Crimson and then make an immediate left onto County Road 132.
- Continue 3 miles on CR132 to a dirt road on the right, signed “Priest Draw parking area”.
- Follow this rough dirt road (Forest Road 238) 0.3-mile to the trailhead.