Take a winding road 5 miles north to Lees Ferry Landing, the site of the first Colorado River crossing and historic Mormon settlement. There's a walking tour of this historic district, which also is a gateway to Grand Canyon river trips and angler fishing. Nearby is the Lonely Dell Ranch, as well as remnants of an orchard, cabins, and a pioneer cemetery.
Back on U.S. 89A, there are several lodges with midcentury charm offering modest amenities to road-trippers looking to absorb a few days of hikes, history, or condor-watching. Trading post descendants still operate the Cliff Dweller's Lodge, where there's tasty trout dining.
About 12 miles west of the lodge is U.S. Forest Road 220, where Arizona Game and Fish manages a wildlife area that includes a bison herd, descendants of cattle-bison hybrids bred in 1905. (Glimpses of the bison are rare and four-wheel drive is recommended.) Three more miles farther west is House Rock Road (BLM 1065) and a cluster of old territorials, including a hotel where Sharlot Hall wrote parts of her Arizona Strip diary. Portions of the "Honeymoon Trail," used by Mormon settlers in the 1870s to traverse the West, are still here. Take BLM 1065 2 miles north to the condor viewing site. The interpretive panels and viewing binoculars to the easterly cliffs and condor release site are available year-round.
Navigate the North Rim.
Farther west along U.S. 89A, the two-lane road ascends from grasses to scrubby piñon and then to tall ponderosa, with several scenic turnoffs. After 10 miles, there's Jacob Lake Inn, a family-owned public house in operation since 1923. Jacob Lake also is the turnoff to state Highway 67, which ends at the scenic climax of the Grand Canyon North Rim (open mid-May through October). Enjoy the inn's hearty menu, but save room for warm homemade pies or cookies. And the inn's gift shop is full of local artisan jewelry, baskets, and sand paintings.
If you continue your Arizona Strip adventure another 30 miles west, you'll descend from forest to the small Mormon town of Fredonia. Fourteen miles south of Fredonia is Pipe Spring National Monument, where there's an easy nature trail, a historic Mormon fort tour, and a museum celebrating the history of the Kaibab Paiute Indians and the Mormon settlement.
Throughout this isolated region of northern Arizona, anywhere you stop, you'll find adventure.