Mogollon Rim
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This 2,000-foot-high escarpment stretches 200 miles across central Arizona into New Mexico.While sightseeing is the favored pastime along the Rim, it also boasts a historic system of hiking and horseback trails, a couple of picturesque lakes for boating and fishing, plus backcountry skiing for the truly adventurous.
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paristulips
Phoenix, AZ14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
My husband and I took this drive and I have to say, for me, it fell flat and I couldn’t wait till it was over. There are some amazing vistas. But for the most part one is driving through forest on gravel roads by camping sites. The Rim Road 300 is governed by 2 different Forest Ranger areas. If you start off of Hwy 260 from the Mogollon Ranger Visitor Center, the roads are somewhat better and the road to Wood Canyon Lake is paved and lovely. But about half way on this 43 mile ride, you leave that Forest Ranger jurisdiction and the roads are awful and full of potholes. I do not advise driving it in a sedan, as we unfortunately did. I have taken other scenic rides that were much more lovely.
Written August 21, 2020
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Robert G
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We go up as family from Phoenix atleast once a month to fish and to escape the heat. We normally rent a boat to fish out of ( they are old 14 feet aluminum) with electric motors. Use to be a great value, 54 dollars for 4 hours which is perfect amount of time. This year with gas over 5 dollars a gallon they went up to 85 dollars for 4 hours. Same old leaky boats, old oars, and smelly seat cushions if they give you them ( you have to ask for oars and cushions) I am not a cheap person and I can afford the 85 dollars but many family’s can’t and I think they are taking advantage of being the only game in town. Their store is very well stocked with beer, snacks, etc.. but are priced so out of line with if you purchased in Phoenix before you came up.
Written June 23, 2022
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Out This Door
Mesa, AZ524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
stop at at least one of the many view points at the Rim country lakes between Payson and ShowLow. Lots of hiking and exploring opportunities. Plenty of boondock camping sites or stay at one of the many campgrounds. Great for pets, kids, hunting, hiking, wildlife watching, ATV, horseback.
Written February 6, 2023
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db901
Memphis20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Great drive with stunning views! Taking some of the forest roads - dirt, but well traveled and well maintained - allows one to drive many miles along the north edge of the rim and look southward into the expanse. Most people picture Arizona as empty spaces with desert and saguaros, but the northern portion of the state offers a lot of other beauties. This can be done on an easy day trip fromPhoenix or Flagstaff getting you out and back with no problems. There are also lots of camping areas where one could cool off and truly enjoy the fresh air. I didn't see elk on my visit but hiking around saw fresh droppings throughout the day.
Written August 6, 2023
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Cindy L
Peoria, AZ43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Decided to get away, relax and take in the beauty of nature. Drove up to Payson for breakfast then continued up the 260 just past Woods Canyon Lake. We drove down Youngs Rd and took it all in.
Written February 28, 2020
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snowrider34
Blackfoot45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Elevation is 7500 feet so gives a great view of the country to the south and west. We drove from Payson to see it and it's 25- 30 miles ... not entirely sure it's worth the drive but if nothing else to do, why not?
Written March 6, 2020
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HRHORCH
Memphis, Tennessee562 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was a quick stop for us on our way to Showlow. The visitor center was buried under snow, but we walked over to take in the breathtaking view. We were not the only ones tromping through the snow to get photos. On the way back down, we passed the rim at sunset. What a view! Unforgettable.
Written January 31, 2020
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Nina S
Boulder, Colorado, United States72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a beautiful drive from top to bottom (literally!). The road is twisty, but generously wide and, where necessary, with a passing lane. We've driven it many times over the past 15 years. It is always in good repair. Be ready to take a quick photo or two when an unexpected vista opens and you gasp at the beauty unfolding before you.
Written January 6, 2020
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Mogollon Rim has to be one of Arizona's hidden gems. It's more than a mountain or foothill ridge. It's an area. And an amazing one at that. An area from which to view the vastness and ruggedness of the Rim is from the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center about 20 miles east of Payson. The Center was closed for the season when we visited, so can't vouch for the displays. But . . . around back is a large deck that overlooks the Rim. We took numerous pictures. None did the area justice. There is too much of it. We're so glad we stopped for the view.
Written November 30, 2022
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Brian E
SALEM146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Business
If you are driving up, or down 260 northeast of Payson, you must take rim road, the last road before the decline of the highway. Go to the west, not to the east where the ranger buildings are. Drive about 2 miles, and on the left is the best view of the valley below the rim. I have driven the whole rim road, and this is the best view. Only takes ten minutes.
Written October 28, 2015
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