Rim Wood Road

3.3/5 (5 reviews)
Payson, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 12/29/2021
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Are you looking for what has to be the best 'free' camping along the Mogollon Rim? This is your spot. The 2.2-mile long Rim Wood Road has 42 designated camping spots nestled in the pines. At the whopping price of $0 and if you get there early enough, you might even find a campsite right on the Rim's edge. The views are astounding, the drive easy and the area is a welcome retreat from the valley heat in Phoenix. It's almost hard to believe that you are still in Arizona while listening to the breeze whispering through the tall Spruce and Douglas Fir trees.

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Trail Reviews

3.3/5 (5 reviews)
Tom
15500
Status: Open
Rated 2/5
Visited: 05/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is an excellent area to camp along the rim. Most of the camping spots were filled. It looks like the Forest Service is currently expanding the camping area ... maybe to add more camping spots further inland. The road is blocked off just short of the published .gpx track. The diversity of camping /off-road equipment was highlighted with the setup in two side-by-side camps.
Trail Review: Rim Wood Road - Tom
Trail Review: Rim Wood Road - Tom
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/30/2021

Closed for the season Mongollon Rim Trail Closures
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Open
Visited: 07/09/2021

Stage III fire restrictions lifted. Stage II still in effect.
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/23/2021

Apache-Sitgreaves forest is closed.. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/asnf/alerts-notices/ And so is this trail temporarily
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/31/2019

This was the first available camping along the "Rim Road" as Woods canyon lake (3 campgrounds) the Rim View and Mogollon campgrounds were full. even this campground was full up to campsite #40 which is where I pitched my Roof Top Tent. The weather was spectacular, the uncountable stars astounding and in the morning, the elk were bugling to each other. Lots of elk sign around this camp spot. The picnic table proved handy for cooking breakfast. Even though this spot was not hanging on the edge of the rim, it was a very good spot to camp. The Apache-Sitgreaves forest had contracted out for logging and an extensive amount of trees were farmed in this area. Still, I found it shady, and pleasant, with just enough viewshed to see lots of good stuff. Highly recommend this road as a "bucket List" camp area.
Trail Review: Rim Wood Road - Jim Long
Trail Review: Rim Wood Road - Jim Long
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