1. Old Rim Rd Rim Visitor Center - Trail Start or End (0.00 mi)
Across the road from the trail-start point is the Rim Visitor Center. This is staffed by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and offers lots of useful information, including a paper copy of the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). It's a good idea to pick up a copy before venturing out. The Trail begins at the intersection of The Rim Trail (FR 300) and Highway 260. You will either make a left onto The Rim Trail or cross over from the visitor center.
2. Rim Top Trailhead - Stay Left (0.16 mi)
This large parking lot to the right is the kick-off point for the General Crook National Recreation Trail. This trail parallels the Rim Trail from one end to the other and meets it in a couple of points. There is a restroom here and is the last one outside of campgrounds you will encounter until you reach Waypoint #15.
3. Rim Campground - Stay Right (0.77 mi)
To the left is the Rim Campground. Rim Campground is situated close to the edge of the Mogollon Rim. Spectacular 100-mile views are seen from many vantage points along the rim.
People complain that the spaces are too close together, and as there are no hookups, motor homes run their generators all night, but it's a 50-yard walk to the edge of the rim. The Forest Service charges $18/night to camp here.
There are 26 camping spots in two loops. More tent friendly than trailer friendly.
4. Military Sinkhole Vista - Stay Right (1.94 mi)
This vista intersects a very popular hiking/mountain biking trail called the Military Sinkhole Trail #179 which leads north to the General Crook National Recreation Trail through a depression next to the road. If you head south, well then you are in for a 1000 foot descent over the rim down to the valley floor. It might be better just to stand there and enjoy the view.
5. Rim Lakes Vista - Stay Right (2.83 mi)
Another cool place to stop to the left with 100+ mile views. There is a paved walking trail along the rim if you like to explore different angles of the cliffs. Stay Right on the paved road.
6. FR 105 Meadow Trail to Woods Canyon Lake - Stay Left (3.33 mi)
7. Mogollon Campground - Stay Right (3.97 mi)
This is another double loop campground much like the Rim Campground in Waypoint #3. This campground also has 26 sites that can be had for $18/night. You can read more about the Mongollon Campground
here, including when and how to make reservations.
8. Rim Wood Road 9350 Camping Area - Stay Right (5.46 mi)
This short road is one of the most amazing places to camp along the rim. There is no fee to camp out here, and many sites have amenities such as metal fire rings and picnic tables. There is one pit toilet at the entrance. You can read about the Rim Wood Road - FR 9350
9. 195 Camping Area - Stay Left (5.76 mi)
This is another fee-free dispersed camping area along the rim. This campground is to the north, however, and quite a ways from the edge views. Read details about the Snow Crest Road - FR 195 Campground
10. FR 169 to Chevelon Lake - Stay Left (8.58 mi)
11. 9354 Camping Area - Stay Right (8.89 mi)
This campground is another fee-free area with 29 camping spots along a ridge. The road will rejoin FR 300 at Waypoint #13 so it's a straight through. This campground looks pretty new and is probably the result of some of the recent logging activity in this portion of the forest. Check it out here: FR 9354 Campground
12. FR 37 - Turn Left (9.45 mi)
This is a pretty big intersection. FR 300 will continue as a left turn, but to the northeast, you can find the lightly used Promontory Pit Road Campground.
. FR 37 goes all the way north to Winslow, AZ, eventually.
13. 9354 West Exit - Stay Right (10.28 mi)
This is the western end of the FR 9354 Campground
straight through road. (Oddly enough, campsite numbering starts at 63 on the east end and ends at #92 on this end.
14. FR 84 - Stay Left (11.06 mi)
FR 84 heads north and travels quite a ways as it passes to the East of Bear Canyon Lake along the Bear Wallow Ridge. This is also another road that eventually can be taken to Winslow, Arizona. There are some dispersed camping spots around this intersection. Stay left here.
15. Promentory Forest Lookout Tower - Stay Left (11.69 mi)
This is a really cool roadside attraction. A 110-foot tall historic forest lookout tower. Don't count on climbing it though, it's surrounded by a razor-wire fence. Out behind this tower is a pit toilet and an old cabin.
Camping is not allowed here.
When the original 121' wooden tower was built on Promontory on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in 1913 it was the highest in the U.S. Eleven years later (1924) the current 110' Aermotor with 7’x7' metal cab was erected. The original ladder was replaced with stairs in 1938. It is still in active service and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This would not be a wonderful place to be in a lightning storm.
16. FR208 - Straight Through (11.83 mi)
FR 208 heads north to a small knoll overlooking Bear Canyon Lake. There is no access to the lake from this road, other than the overlook. There are some dispersed camping spots around this intersection. Continue straight.
17. See Canyon Trail - Stay Right (12.64 mi)
The See Canyon foot Trail #184 is another precipitous drop into the Tonto Basin from the Rim. The stated length of the trail is 6.1 miles although some have measured it at 8 miles.
Read a little more about the The See Canyon Trail
18. FR76 to Promentory Point - Stay Right (12.99 mi)
This road leads to Promontory Butte. It is one of the finest camping spots on the Rim. However, it is currently closed for an extended period (Maybe years) for logging/thinning operations. The third photo shows the closed and locked gate. Stay to the Right here and continue on FR300.
19. FR 84 Bear Canyon Lake - Stay Left (13.16 mi)
FR 84 heads north to a campground at Bear Canyon Lake. There is heavy forest restoration work going on up there so you should read this caveat about getting to the Bear Canyon Lake Camping
20. FR 9310 Road Out to the Rim - Stay Right (14.33 mi)
This is a very short spur road out to the Rim edge. If you are looking for a more 'secluded' experience, there are fire rings and camp spots out there. Stay to the Right.
21. Small Campspot on the Rim - Stay Right (15.23 mi)
This is another 'single-use' rim side camping spot. Stay to the Right to continue on FR300.
22. Rim Campspot - Stay Right (15.63 mi)
This is a splendid camping spot that requires a little four-wheeling to get to. The road is steep, washed out and rocky down to this point. But there is enough room to turn a trailer around, as you can see in the third photo. Stay to the right to continue on FR300.
23. FR 92 Closed - Stay Left (15.95 mi)
This now gated road is closed for wilderness and wildlife protection. On the topo map, it looks as if it goes a considerable way back from the rim, and skirts by Horseshoe lake. The next 1/2 mile is closed to all camping activity for wildlife protection.
24. Horton Springs Trail - Straight Through (15.84 mi)
The Horton Springs trail crosses over the road here and begins the wildlife protection area. Horton Springs is one of the most spectacular hikes in Arizona’s Rim Country. The hike includes a non-stop show of waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, wild berries, and forests of maples. Continue straight here.
25. Horseshoe Vista - Stay Right (16.30 mi)
This is a prime example of an opening in the forest that provides unrivaled views. This vista shows why driving from East to West is preferable if you are the driver. There is no place to go but straight on FR 300. Going left would be a very bad idea. (Several hundred vertical feet of bad idea).
26. Power Lines - Straight Through (16.55 mi)
Very large power lines cross the road here. To the north/right, the road is closed for wildlife protection. To the south/left (Likely FR 300Y, open on the MVUM) the two-track road snakes under the high tension towers and takes you out to the rim. Continue straight on FR 300.
27. FR115 to O'Haco Loop - Stay Left (17.11 mi)
FR 115 leads off to the north/right, so stay to the left to continue on FR 300. FR 115 is also known as the "Mogollon Snowmobile Trail C". You would have to travel pretty far in your snow machine to get here in the winter as you are more than a third of the way (almost half) on the Rim Road.
28. Coconino Forest & Apache Sitgreaves Forest boundary - Straight Through (18.56 mi)
This cattleguard represents the boundary between the Apache-Sitgreaves and Coconino National Forests. You will notice two things as soon as you cross to the west: the signs become less prominent and the road narrows slightly. The road surface quality doesn't change, but you will no longer have three to four car widths. In some spots ahead, you will have one car width between drainage ditches. Be cautious and be especially vigilant in blind curves.
29. Grave - Stay Right (18.81 mi)
There is a single grave right next to the road here. It is rather an extensive rectangular rock platform with little identifying information. There is one broken flagstone with the letters J.E.B and "16th, 1895". Not sure if that's a birth or death date. It's a shame someone saw fit to desecrate this poor pioneer's grave. It's unlikely that this is Babe Haught's grave (though his trail is nearby) as the birth and death dates are wrong. The Mogollon Rim is dotted with many pioneer graves. Continue on FR 300 ahead.
30. FR 9715J and Babe Haught Trail - Stay Left (18.99 mi)
This trail was built by pioneer "Babe" Haught to pack supplies over the Mogollon Rim from Winslow. The Babe Haught Trail (#143) follows FR 9715J to the north and descends the rim all the way to the valley below. Considered by hikers to be a 'difficult' trail.
31. FR 752 - Stay Left (19.84 mi)
FR 752 heads north and ends at a point overlooking Knoll Lake. This road also crosses over the Babe Haught trail. There look to be good camping spots near this intersection. Stay left to continue on FR 300.
32. FR 295E to Knoll Lake - Stay Left (21.14 mi)
This road leads north to Knoll Lake. There is a developed campground at the end of FR295E right next to the lake. Read about The Knoll Lake Campground
. Stay left here to continue on FR 300.
33. FR 300H - Stay Left (22.29 mi)
This road (FR 300H) heads north for a mile or so and dead ends. There is an odd rock pile here about four feet tall that might be some kind of cairn. On the other side of the road, you will see 9714P, which leads down to a dead end with barely a vehicle turn around width at 9714V. This road is closed on the Motor Vehicle Use Map. The road you want is just ahead to take you out to Myrtle Point.
34. FR 300C to Myrtle Point - Stay Right (22.41 mi)
This is a short road that leads out to Myrtle Point to the left. You will drop about 100 feet to the edge of the rim. There is a camping spot out there near the edge. Stay right to continue on FR 300.
35. Lost Lake (23.07 mi)
Off to the right, about 100 feet into the forest, is a large reed bed that is all that remains of Lost Lake. There may be some water out in the middle, but it certainly isn't visible through all the reeds. This is probably a good place to watch for wildlife. Continue straight on FR 300.
36. FR 137 - Stay Left (24.05 mi)
FR 137 heads north onto the Buck Springs Ridge Road and eventually intersects a spiders web of smaller roads which, if you are lucky enough to choose the right one, would drop you off onto Highway 87 about 21 miles in, on the way to Winslow, Arizona. Stay to the left here to continue on FR 300.
37. FR 321 Dane Ridge - Straight Through (25.61 mi)
You encounter a four-way intersection here with the Dane Ridge road to the right, and a short spur out to the edge of the Rim to the left. Dane Ridge leads eventually to Highway 87 (only about 18 miles from here), much the same as most of the other north running roads in this section of the Rim Road. There's nothing to preclude you camping on the edge of the rim here but it would be pretty exposed. Continue straight through to proceed on FR300.
38. FR145 - Stay Left (26.51 mi)
Another nondescript north running road to the right with the unique characteristic of being a "Christmas Tree" permit area. If you had a permit, and a vehicle capable of getting way back in here if there is snow, you can chop your own Christmas tree down. Stay to the left to continue on FR 300.
39. FR 139 Dick Hart Ridge - Stay Left (27.90 mi)
Let's reserve our comments on how this road got its name, but it's yet another north traveling road that ends up on Highway 87. This time it's only 15 miles through the spider web of dirt roads to get there.
40. Scenic Vista - Stay Right (29.01 mi)
This is another spot that the trees thin out to offer a spectacular view of the Mogollon Rim. Peering down to the valley below, you can see Highway 260 which leads to Payson. Continue straight or to the right, because left is another non-recommended choice.
41. Scenic Vista Point 2 - Stay Right (29.62 mi)
Here is a really neat rocky platform that provides a good view of the rim country. There is a fire ring here and you could probably fit a tent or a very small trailer on the east side of this small spur road. Stay right here to continue on FR 300.
42. FR300G - Stay Left (29.83 mi)
FR 300G is a nondescript road that heads off to the north that splits off into a spider web of smaller roads. It turns into FR 6026 after a while. Stay left here.
43. FR 300F and Good Camp to Left - Straight Through (30.30 mi)
On the topo map, it shows there to be a FR 300F to the right. In reality, it only goes a short distance into some trees. To the left, however, is a very nice camping area that is right next to the rim. Continue straight on FR 300.
44. FR 398 and FR 300D -Straight Through (31.09 mi)
To the left is FR 300D. To the right is FR 398. 300D goes out to the rim and 398 dead ends a short distance into the woods on a flat ridge. Continue straight through the intersection. There are several good places to camp on either side of the road here.
45. FR 95 - Stay Left (31.24 mi)
FR 95 heads north to the Blue Ridge Reservoir. There is no direct access to the lake and no developed facilities there. This would make it a fine place to watch wildlife. This road also leads out to Fred Haught ridge and eventually to Highway 87, (18 miles hence). The inquisitive wonder if "Babe" and Fred are one and the same. Stay to the left here.
46. FR 394 - Stay Right (31.49 mi)
This road to the left is another access to the rim. There are fire rings and nice flat spots for camping here. Stay right on FR 300.
47. FR 393 - Stay Left (31.54 mi)
FR 393 heads right/north for about a mile until it dead-ends on a flat ridge. There are good camping spots there, however. There is a very interesting tree to the left that looks like an elephant, complete with a tusk, trunk and rock eye. Stay left.
48. FR 392 - Stay Left (31.78 mi)
Another short northbound road that heads out to some camping spots a short distance to the right. Stay left.
49. FR 705 AT Crook Trail - Straight Through (32.26 mi)
There is a lot going on at this waypoint. To the left, is the Tunnel Trail. Coconino Tunnel Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Happy Jack, Arizona that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
To the right, is FR 705, which leads to General Spring and a nicely preserved cabin. This is also part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. There is a good camping spot down there (about 1/2 a mile to the north from this waypoint). The General Crook trail comes in and meets the road to the southeast. This is one of the few places that the General Crook National Recreation Trail merges with the Rim Road at your 7 O'clock position (behind left). You can tell it's the General Crook NRT by the chevrons on the trees, which designate the trail.
There is also the "Battle of Big Dry Wash" monument, which has been defaced but is still readable. To the north is the General Spring Trail shown as the General Crook Trail on the Coconino National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).
50. FR 123 Battleground Ridge - Stay Left (33.06 mi)
This road leads to the Battle of Big Dry Wash monument about 8 miles north along the Battleground Ridge Road. There is also an interesting carved wood sign about the Blue Ridge Reservoir here. If you would like to read more about the last battle in Arizona with the Apaches click here: The Battle of Big Dry Wash - 1882
. Stay left.
51. Scenic Vista 3 - Stay Right (34.34 mi)
The road opens up again to reveal the part of the rim heavily impacted by the The Dude Fire
in June of 1990, which tragically took the lives of 6 firefighters, burned 24,000 acres and 70 structures in the canyon below you. You can see evidence of this catastrophic event for the next few miles along the Rim Road. The view here is very special. Take a moment to reflect in solemn remembrance of the lives lost. Continue straight up the hill on FR300. Beyond this vista, the road gets more steep and narrow.
52. FR 141 and FR 659 - Straight Through (36.91 mi)
Another four-way intersection with a road to the south heading to the rim (FR 659) and another heading north out onto a ridge and to Highway 87. (FR 141). Continue straight here. Good news, only 8 miles from the end from here.
53. Kehl Spring Forest Camp - Stay Left (37.45 mi)
This is a wonderful little pasture-fed by Kehl spring. This small 8 campsite developed campground is currently free to stay at. The forest service is currently considering charging $10 a night starting in the next season and has an open comment period.
54. FR 659 - Stay Right (37.79 mi)
This two-track road leads off into a fern choked meadow with abundant camping. Stay right to continue on FR 300.
55. FR 308 and Spur to Rim - Straight Through (38.65 mi)
FR 308 heads out to the north along Kehl ridge eventually ending up on Highway 87. To the south, there is an undesignated two-track that leads out to the edge of the rim and camping spots. Go straight through to stay on FR300.
56. FR 6108 and FR6109 - Straight Through (39.65 mi)
These two short roads cross here within yards of each other. Both of these roads loop back to either FR 300 or FR 308. There are numerous camping spots along each. Continue straight through the intersection.
57. FR 6107-Stay Right (40.29 mi)
Another short road leading toward the rim. This one dead-ends before it arrives there. Stay right on FR 300.
58. FR 218 to Milk Ranch Point and FR 147 - Straight Through (40.66 mi)
This is a large intersection with a small loop camping spot to the northeast corner. FR 214 leads out to a network of trails on Milk Ranch Point which juts out over the Payson Valley. FR 147 leads north to the right to Potato Lake. You have 4 miles left until the end. Continue straight on FR 300.
59. FR 6106 and FR 9265M - Straight Through (41.50 mi)
Two great camping spot roads meet here, one to the south, (FR 9265M) and one to the north (FR 6106). Continue straight through the intersection.
60. FR 9265N - Stay Right (41.98 mi)
This large camping spot is suitable for large trailers or motor homes. Stay to the right to continue on FR 300.
61. FR 9362T - Stay Left (42.52 mi)
The road to the right (FR 9362T) drops sharply down to a flat area with several good camping spots. There is an immediate fork, with the left one leading to the easier to access camping spots. Stay left to continue on FR 300.
62. FR 300B to Baker Lookout and General Crook Trail point and Camp - Straight Through (42.89 mi)
Another interesting waypoint with a forest sign explaining the General Crook Trail which has paralleled the Rim Road for almost 50 miles. To the left is the road to the Baker Forest Lookout (FR 300B). To the right are a small camping area and trailhead with the interpretive sign. Continue straight.
63. FR218A and FR300 - Turn Right (44.17 mi)
This is the last big turn you will have to make. This is another four-way intersection. To the left/southeast is FR 218A. This road leads out onto Milk Ranch Point and meets up with FR 218. Straight ahead is FR 9385S which also leads out to a network of smaller trails. To the right is FR 300. Turn right/north here.
64. Highway 87 - Trail Start or End (44.26 mi)
Depending on which direction you choose to travel the Rim Trail, this could be either your endpoint or your start point. The mile markers are numbered from here (0) to 45 at the Highway 260 end. To the right, the Highway 87 route will take you to Winslow, Arizona. To the left, the highway will descend 2,000 feet to Payson, Arizona. There is a good open-field here to air back up if you had let the air out of your tires at any point on this trip. There is a seasonal gate here which you may find closed during snowy conditions.