The Mogollon Rim is a spectacularly scenic geological formation, or escarpment, that cuts across the northern half of Arizona, as much as 200 miles wide. With cliff drops as much as 2000’ in some areas, the Rim provides extraordinary views stretching from its rocky precipice to the Four Peaks of the Mazatzal Mountains just 30-45 minutes northeast of Phoenix.

Things To Do Year-round.
There are a variety of activities to explore while on vacation in Rim Country. Hiking is a popular choice, with numerous trails available that offer varying levels of difficulty and stunning views of the mountain landscapes. Mountain biking, horseback riding and off-roading are also popular activities for those seeking a bit of adventure. For those who prefer a more relaxed pace, taking a scenic drive, fishing in a mountain stream, or enjoying a picnic in a scenic spot can be enjoyable ways to experience the beauty of the mountains.

In the winter, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are popular activities. Additionally, exploring small mountain towns and discovering local cuisine, arts, and culture can be a rewarding way to spend your vacation. Whatever your interests, the Mogollon Rim offers a variety of activities to suit every traveler.

Rim Lakes Recreation

There are multiple lakes on the Mogollon Rim and each of them offer different recreational opportunities, such as swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Make sure to spend a day at Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake, both have easy access from the paved highway while Black Canyon Lake or Chevelon Canyon Lake take you through scenic dirt roads and an exhilarating hike.

Take to the Trails

It’s all about the view up here! Enjoy 100’s of miles of trails around the Mogollon Rim and surrounding area on foot, by horse, by mountain bike or by ATV. If you’d rather enjoy the view from the comfort of your car, take to the scenic Rim Trail towards Wood Canyon Lake. You’ll go through epic pine forest and grassy meadows, with spectacular drop-offs that will take your breath away. You’ll pass campgrounds, lakes, hiking trails, and if you get really lucky, you may spot some wildlife!