FR 195 - Tonto National Forest

Payson, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Highlight: FR 195 - Tonto National Forest
If camping and exploring trails in the pines with your 4x4 sounds like a great time, then this would be the spot to start. Camping in this area makes for a great starting point for exploring the Arizona Mogollon Rim country near Payson, Arizona. The trail is easily accessible from FR64, Control Road and located near the East Verde Creek at Verde Glen. All within an easy trail ride from camp, you can hunt geodes at Brody Hill, rock crawl Pyeatt Draw or go for a hike on the Highline Trail #31. Along this route you can visit an old recreation site where the foundations and walkways are barely visible. The trail has many beautiful dispersed campsites along the way, the one at the end is below the Mogollon Rim, also allowing access to the Highline Hiking Trail.


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1. FR195 Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn north off of the main road onto the tree lined trail marked with multiple signs. Please be aware of current fire restrictions.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson

From Payson, Arizona, travel north on Hwy. 260 until Houston Mesa Road, across from Home Depot. Travel north on Houston Mesa Road for 10 miles. Once into Whispering Pines, turn right, east on FR64 Control Road. Travel on the dirt road for 1.6 miles until FR195 on the north side of the road. The trail can also be reached from either direction on FR64 Control Road. From the west, Highway 260 travel East on FR64 11.5 miles. From the east, Highway 260 travel West on FR64 11.8 miles.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region, exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas then pass on that knowledge to our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on challenging rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything, and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube. Xploremor YouTube
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