Hike of the Week: Priest Draw-Howard Draw near Flagstaff

Mare CzinarJuly 7, 2023
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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.