Drive Time: 1:40 Departure Time: 8am Main Activity: Scenic Drive, Hiking Trail Rating: 2-4 Months Offered: (not during winter months)
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Take a trip with Private Jeep Excursions to explore the majestic Mogollon Rim, Promontory Butte, Rim Lakes, and other historic attractions on the plateau.

The Mogollon Rim is a geological feature 200 miles long cutting across the state of Arizona. During this scenic drive atop the rim we will stop at a number of overlook trails to take in the expansive sights. Often seen are family of Elk grazing along the rim. We have had sightings of Black Bear as well. The sunsets up on the rim are breathtaking!

Promontory Butte at 7,914 foot elevation is one of the most spectacular overlooks atop the beautiful Mogollon Rim near Payson, Arizona. It offers some of the best panoramic views of the Ponderosa Pine forest and valley below. At this elevation you will enjoy temperatures 20 to 30 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area.

Cabin Loop Trail System

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Moqui Lookout

During our exploration of the Mogollon Rim we will try and visit the Moqui Lookout Tower. The public is welcome to climb up and visit with the Forest Rangers station there so long as the weather and wind permit it. The Moqui Lookout is the tallest fire watch tower in the Coconino National Forest at 83 feet high. The tower was constructed in 1952. It is a 14’x14′ live in cab with a surrounding catwalk observation deck. It replaced an Aermotor fire tower built in 1930.

Exploring the Rim Lakes

There will be an opportunity to hike around one of the more secluded lakes up on the rim. Many species of birds and raptors such as Bald Eagles and various species of hawks, falcons, and herons are found in abundance around the lakes. Having a good set of binoculars for viewing wildlife is highly recommended.

Meal Times

Prepare to eat lunch on the rim. Relax and enjoy your food at almost 8000 foot elevation. You will be provided with the opportunity to enjoy dinner at the quaint Kohl’s Ranch Lodge or one of the many restaurants in downtown Payson before our return home.

Months Offered

This trip is offered during all months other than during the winter. Snow conditions make traveling on the off-road portions of the Mogollon Rim trails too dangerous. Private Jeep Excursions offers other trips to Payson during the winter.

Forest Roads and Location Status

Certain side roads, lake access, and hiking trails on the Mogollon Rim are subject to closures due to road conditions caused by the weather (previous or current conditions). There are however so many wonderful places to stop and enjoy the expansive vistas of the Mogollon Rim. We check for current closures and plan each trip to the rim accordingly.

    • FR 300 – OPEN
    • Woods Canyon Lake – OPEN
    • Bear Canyon Lake – OPEN
    • Promontory Butte (FR 76 and 76B) – CLOSED
    • Myrtle Point – OPEN
    • Knoll Lake – OPEN
    • Blue Ridge Reservoir – OPEN
    • Chevelon Canyon Lake – OPEN
    • Cabin Loop Trail System – OPEN
    • Houston Brothers Trail – OPEN

Mogollon Rim and Lakes Tour Itinerary

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