FR 147

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Payson, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 06/23/2023

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The Mogollon Rim is a rugged country cut with deep canyons separated by steep wooded ridges. Roads are often rocky and rough. FR 147 is a winding ribbon of smooth trail that transports you gently into this imposing and inspiring wild landscape. Set in the vast Coconino National Forest, FR 147 runs from Highway 87 to Rim Road, perhaps the most scenic of all trails in central Arizona. Along the way, FR 147 slices through forests of old-growth Ponderosa pines, crosses shallow canyons and draws with names like Cienaga, Poverty Flat, Potato, and Quaking Aspen. On its southern end, the winding trail parallels the headlands of East Clear Creek which gathers invaluable summer monsoon runoff and winter snowmelt for deposit into the deep and blue C.C. Cragin Reservoir. Potato Lake draws the local forest denizens to its shallow shores for a reliable drink. The Rim Country is undeniably as rugged as it is beautiful. Your drive into it should be beautiful too, but it doesn't have to be rough. Enjoy FR 147.

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