Wednesday, August 28, 2002
History of the Kaibab National Forest
Team South is biking through the Kaibab National Forest today, just outside of Grand Canyon National Park. Their route starts at Moqui Stage Station, the remains of a stop on the Grand Canyon Stage Route, in operation from 1892-1901. They'll mountain bike 16 miles and sleep at Hull Cabin, which served tourists on the stage line.
The two cabins and barn of the Hull Cabin complex was built in 1889, for the original sheep ranch. When the Grand Canyon Stage Route started ferrying tourists to the Grand Canyon, the cabins catered to these early travelers. The Grand Canyon Railroad reached in the South Rim in 1901 and effectively put the stage line out of business. Eventually, in 1907, the Forest Service converted the buildings into a ranger station. An interesting historic note is that the Grand Canyon Railroad was originally built to transport ore from mines in and around the canyon, but tourism soon proved more profitable.