Milk Ranch Point

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Payson, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 12/06/2021

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Highlight: Milk Ranch Point
Between 15 and 20 million years ago a geologic uplift created the rugged and dramatic escarpment we now call the Mogollon Rim. The Rim rises 3000 feet above the Sonoran Desert floor below and marks the beginning of the Colorado Plateau. North of Payson the scenic pine-forested peninsula known as Milk Ranch Point extends south from the Mogollon. Milk Ranch Point is all about great views and wonderful campsites. At just over 7000 feet elevation, summers are downright cool when compared to the desert below. Campsites right on the edge of the Rim offer amazing vistas of jagged sandstone slopes leading down to the country where Zane Grey based his novels. The distant Matazal Mountains form a jagged horizon. Elk bugle in the early evenings. Sightings of deer and wild turkeys are common. Abert's squirrels scamper around the many shaded campsites. Those more adventurous can take the trail all the way to the southern tip of the Point and enjoy an unparalleled view.
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