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Mogollon Rim, AZ

Hike The Mogollon Rim With Your Dog

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    Hike The Mogollon Rim With Your Dog

    Special Interest: BikingCampingGreat OutdoorsHikingSports - Winter

    The Mogollon (“Muggy-own”) Rim (Payson, AZ) marks the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona. You’ll be sure to see some spectacular views from the top of the rim with areas extending from the desert canyon floor all the way to tall forested cliffs and lush ponderosas. There are a few lakes in the area where boating and fishing are allowed. Mountain biking and horseback riding is also allowed in the area. In the winter, some backcountry ski in the area.

    The Rim Road/General Crook Trail Loop is a great 54 mile scenic drive to get you familiar with the area. This road is closed in winter. Many car camp along this route and take day hikes along the way.

    The Highline National Recreation Trail is south of FR300 and extends west to east from Pine Trailhead (GPS Coordinates 34.3741207, -111.4434189 Map) to 260 Trailhead (GPS Coordinates 34.306878, -110.951721 Map). The Mogollon Rim will be just north of the Highline National Recreation Trail, but several very steep trails extend off the main trail to the rim. Many trails are easily accessible from the FR300 if you are going on a day-hike. We recommend going with two cars and parking at the start and end of your planned hike.

    More trails north of the FR300 can be found on the USDA Forest Service website. The Town of Payson website lists more trails near the Mogollon Rim.

    The Mogollon Rim is managed by several parks. For more information, stop by the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends located at Rim Rd, Payson, AZ 85541 (GPS Coordinates 34.3016391, -110.896378 Map). We recommend that you also call the area you will be going to for additional regulations or special notices or closures in the area: 1) Coconino National Forest’s Mogollon Rim Ranger District (Blue Ridge Ranger Station) – Address 8738 Ranger Road, Happy Jack, AZ 86024, Phone (928) 477-2255 and 2) Tonto National Forest’s Payson Ranger District – Address 1009 E. Highway 260, Payson, Arizona 85541, Phone (928) 474-7900.

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    Location: Payson, AZ | Arizona
    Activities: Hiking, Walking, Biking, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing

    TAGS: Arizona, Backpacking, Biking, Camping, Coconino National Forest, Cross-country Skiing, Fishing, Highline, Highline National Recreation, Hiking, Mogollon Rim, Payson, Rim Road, Tonto National Forest, Walking

    Items Needed: 6 Foot Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection, Cooling Vest, Sun Protection, Insect Repellent, Booties or Paw Protection, Camping Gear, Bear Canister, Food and Provisions.

    Safety: Please follow park rules and regulations about camping with dogs, regulations about where you can camp, and policies regarding food storage. Pets should either be leashed or under direct voice control. The area has a leave no trace policy. Bears are in the area so proceed with caution and store food properly.

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