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Exploring the Mogollon Rim

After 7 years in Arizona, we are still discovering new places like the Mogollon Rim.

We spent a weekend exploring the Rim area and hiked the super easy and scenic Rim Lakes Vista Trail (which is a 4.2 mile portion of the 60 mile General Crook Trail #140). It is probably the easiest trail we’ve ever been on, easily accessible next to Old Rim Road. In fact, if you just want to see the views without the walk, there are multiple parking pullovers along the trail.

Rim Lakes Vista Trail along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
Rim Lakes Vista Trail along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
We may have hit a few bugs on the ride here…

Rim Lakes Vista Trail along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Rim Lakes Vista Trail along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
Rim Lakes Vista Trail along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
After hiking along the Rim, we took the jeep off of the paved roads and headed down the snowy dirt trail down to Woods Canyon Lake.

Frozen Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
And it was frozen over!

Frozen Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Frozen Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
This is what we do when we find out we can walk on water. This is how Jesus did it right?

Frozen Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Frozen Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
Frozen Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
Scenic enough for Christmas card photos right?

Snow on the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Bear Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
We also explored a couple miles farther to Bear Canyon Lake, which we had all to ourselves.

Bear Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Bear Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
Bear Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
Kohl's Ranch Lodge along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/
We stayed at the cute Kohl’s Ranch Lodge right along Tonto Creek.

Christmas Tree at Kohl's Ranch Lodge along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Tonto Creek at Kohl's Ranch Lodge, along the Mogollon Rim, Payson - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

While a great getaway in the winter, this will be another fun place when the summer heat hits Arizona!

Rim Lakes Vista Trail along the Mogollon Ridge in Payson, Arizona - http://americanexpeditioners.com/mogollon-rim/

Rim Lakes Vista Trail Overview

  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Length: 4.2 Miles
  • Things to note:
    1. This is a wheel-chair accessible paved trail.
  • Pets allowed: Yes
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    How About You?
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