Rim Wood Road

Payson, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 12/29/2021
3.3 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: Rim Wood Road
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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Waypoints

1. 9350 Camping Area - Trail Start (0 mi)
This is an established camping area off of Rim Road. Turn left if coming from the east, and right if coming from the west. This is actually The Rim Road, Waypoint #8.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson, Arizona

Take Highway 87 north from Payson, Arizona and turn right onto Highway 60. Travel about 30 miles to the turnoff to Forest road 300 (The Rim Road) and travel 5.5 miles until you reach the turn off for Forest Road 9350 (The Rim Wood Road). Turn left.

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Jim Long

Mapping Crew - Arizona

I moved to Arizona in 1984 and bought my first offroad vehicle the next year. I had lots of adventures, seeking out the Old West on paper topo maps in my Toyota FJ40 and can say, fortunately, that I never had to walk home. In 2005 I saw the prototype for the FJ Cruiser, and in the middle of my FJ40 resto project, someone came into my garage with cash and bought it out from under me. (Some regrets) In 2008, I flew out to LA to pick up my FJ Cruiser, special ordered with the Offroad Package (Locker) and MT6. My area of operations has been Southern Arizona, from the New Mexico to California borders. Unfortunately, the FJ Cruiser burned in a fire in August 2020. Now I'm building up from the ashes, literally, salvaged parts from the FJ are going on my Lexus GX470. SO, that's what's coming out next. I have been an active member of AZFJ.org where I'm the top post contributor, and have many trail reviews posted there that I plan on enhancing, revisiting and documenting for this authoritative source. I have a login to Ih8Mud and fjcruiserforums but don't lurk there very much. in my career, I've had the pleasure of traveling in Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia but never had the opportunity to wheel there. (bucket list). But, I hope my 30 years of Southern Arizona discovery, teaching and leading people into the backcountry will finally benefit a wider audience here on Trailsoffroad. There's nothing I enjoy more than finding a historic site, a little-used trail that had significance or the opportunity to take that one photo that defines what we do. (I stink but I'm willing to learn). Oh..Added benefit...I'm the GIS analyst for a fire dept and as such have some skills in ArcGIS.
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