Rim Road

4.8/5 (11 reviews)
Payson, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 12/29/2021
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Highlights

You will not even believe you are in Arizona if you drive on the Rim Road. You will travel through two Arizona national forests but this area looks more like Colorado as you travel along at 7,000+ feet all day. In fact, you'll see sights from the rim that are only surpassed by the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Plan on spending a good long day on this road as you'll stop frequently to smell the pine, listen to the wind rustling through the trees, and be stunned by the scenic vistas that await you. Just bought a four-wheeler? Looking for a passenger car appropriate adventure? The Rim Trail has everything you need. Need a cool place to camp? You'll find hundreds of developed, and even more dispersed camping spots in these two forests. Keep a sharp eye out for the abundant elk, and an elusive black bear that inhabit these woods.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (11 reviews)
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/29/2021

Closed for the season Mongollon Rim Trail Closures
Todd
Official Crew
103150
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/18/2021

This trail is closed for the season! See you in 2022!
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Open
Visited: 07/17/2021

Coconino forest reports 'Open'.
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 07/09/2021

Apache-sitgreaves NF has opened with stage II fire restrictions FR300 open to the coconino NF boundary, which remains closed due to the backbone fire
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/06/2021

Rim Road 300 and surrounding FR roads: I always think of FR300 as my spot to get out of the heat and regroup. But it also my spot to camp in the middle of a cloud, at 7000 plus feet. It is also my spot to see wildlife up close and personal, such as elk, wild turkey, and the elusive Arizona Black Rattlesnake. Sometimes, right before it closes for the season, it's my chance to see a pine forest blanketed in snow. Sometimes its just a nice road to travel and go see the rim lakes. This area offers so much. Every time I hear the powers that be, want to close it down, I cringe at the thought. This is my go-to camp non-improved camp spot, and a little place of heaven.
Trail Review: Rim Road - Mark Clemons
Trail Review: Rim Road - Mark Clemons
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