Mogollon Rim toward Payson

We have been to the Mogollon Rim many times.  The ‘Rim’ we frequent is off of SR-87 long Forest Road – 300.  The Mogollon Rim escarpment actually continues for several hundred miles.

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It passes through some gorgeous country and spectacular views, not to mention a number of lakes.  Bear Lake and Knoll Lake along FR-300 are popular, and if one continues on they can visit Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs.  Though the latter two lakes are more easily accessible from Payson along SR-260.

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Continuing East on SR-260, the Rim Road (FR-300) crosses the highway and continues all the way to Show Low.  We had never taken this section toward Show Low before, so we took the occasion to check it out.

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We found the early part to have some nice views (and a LOT of campers, as it is very close to the SR-260 highway).  Continuing on, the East side is completely fenced off and entry to the Indian Reservation land prohibited.  Through this stretch the views are obscured through thick trees.  You literally can’t see the forest through the trees.

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It was a beautiful drive and yielded some photographic opportunities, although the weather struggled to cooperate.  We set out under the forecast of rain, and rain we got… and fog, and barely a sunset or sunrise obscured by dense cloud cover, and then clearing to blue sky after the storm had passed.

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I’m not complaining, any day spent in the woods with some gorgeous views, is always a good day.

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Wagon Wheel Park

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We are always on the lookout for a nice place to relax and have lunch.  It makes for a great little outing in a tranquil, peaceful environment.  It keeps us sane and stress free from life’s stress inhibitors.  So when a Firefighter friend mentioned this cascading stream just outside of Payson, only an hour or so from the house.. we were all in.

Wagon Wheel park is unmarked, and uncrowded, yet right in the city.  The turn off is actually directly across the street from the Home Depot.  As you wind through a residential looking road you wind up with parking areas on either side allowing one the opportunity to walk the creek and settle in for a picnic.

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Even the dog had fun playing in the water as she chased a stick and wore herself out.

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It was great fun, relaxing, and a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.