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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veravelitchkova
Phoenix, AZ13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A very nice trip that is worth doing because it will show you a different Arizona. We chose the central part of the Mogollon Rim that is above Payson for a good day drive. You take road 260 east for 30 miles from Payson to the rim and after mile post #282 turn left on dirt road #300. The scenic drive on #300 stretches for 45 miles along the rim and offers several designated view points, but you can stop at many other places to take pictures of the beautiful pine trees and steep rocks. There are 5 lakes at 2-3-4 miles east from the road with plenty of camping sites. Our preference goes for Bear canyon lake , because the camping is a mile from the lake and it is not that crowded. Great place for ATVs! Descending from the rim to SR 87 has a lot of turns and a noticeable change in vegetation. Turn left on SR 87 west heading to Payson for another 30 miles. Passing by the village Stawberry, don't miss the pastry place called PieBar on you right from the road. Try their pies, empanadas, desserts that are always freshly baked (8 am- 5 pm). Our favourites are the Berry/apple blossom sweets.
If you have to travel from Phoenix you add extra 90 miles to Payson and it is still possible to do the Mogollon loop trip in one day.
Written 10 August 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 6 August 2023
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Loretta S
Apache Junction, AZ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Breath taking views. Go as far as you can drive. Stop at various locations to snap pics
The pine trees are a lot different from seeing cactus everywhere. Both are beautiful!!
Written 29 April 2023
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Out This Door
Mesa, AZ236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 6 February 2023
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 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 30 November 2022
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Larry Suderman
Prescott Valley, AZ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Great views, friendly people, awesome fishing. The only negative was our stay at the Quality Inn in Payson, AZ
Written 27 September 2022
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Teresa S
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I always live the rodeo. Though the Motel 6 was clean I feel ripped off that the bill was so much for just one night. And the magnetic lock was a pain. But Id still go back.
Written 6 September 2022
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Bob85207
Mesa, AZ19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Before sports took over life my family and I would tent camp here no less than 30 times a year! I absolutely love the Rim! One of the most beautiful places on Earth!!!
Written 17 July 2022
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Robert G
1 contribution
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 23 June 2022
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Larry J
Paso Robles, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A must-see when vacationing in Payson. Take a day-trip east of town and hike or enjoy the lakes up on the rim. Simple Beautiful.
Written 12 August 2021
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