Duration: 4 Hours Trail Rating: 3-4 Months Offered: Year Round
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There are two routes to choose from up to the summit of Mt. Ord, the “Easy Way” and the “Back Way”. You may pick your desired route when you book this Jeep tour.

The top of Mt. Ord is a great spot for sunset watching and offers excellent stargazing and astronomy photography. There are breathtaking panoramic views of both the Mogollon Rim and Roosevelt Lake. This drive is ideal for out-of-town visitors on the go or in-laws in need of entertainment.

As we head up the mountain, it isn’t long before you’ll be treated to gorgeous views of the Mazatzal Mountains. Tight switchbacks and no guardrail give thrill-seekers a temporary rush as the road climbs steadily and steeply in some parts.

This scenic drive is remarkably quiet. There’s only the hum of Mother Nature in the air. The landscape is dotted with scrub oaks, piñon pines and agaves. This dramatically shifts and you’ll be lost in a forest of pine trees.

As we continue to climb, a real “wow” moment occurs with a dramatic, panoramic view of the Mogollon Rim revealing itself, and from this vantage point, you can clearly see the sheer cliff face that is the southernmost edge of the Colorado Plateau. It’s an impressive sight that will leave even the most impatient passenger in awe.

Continuing on, the road eventually hugs the back of the mountainside, where you’ll be treated to another amazing view of Roosevelt Lake, which looks like a glittering shard of glass from this elevation. The end of the trail comes with a metal gate that blocks the road to the very top of Mount Ord. Time to get out and hike up the last 0.6 miles to the tower. The summit has several communication towers.

History: Mount Ord is named after Major General Edward Ord (October 18, 1818 – July 22, 1883). He was an American engineer and United States Army officer who saw action in the Seminole War, the Indian Wars, and the American Civil War. He commanded an army during the final days of the Civil War, and was instrumental in forcing the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Time & Distance: 12.2 mile trip, allow 3-4 hours to include the 0.6 mile hike to the tower and taking in the views. Elevation change: 3256 to 6747 ft. The fire watchtower is likely to be opened between May-September.

Trail Conditions: Tonto National Forest (Mesa Ranger District). Call: (480) 610-3300

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  • Trip Name
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  • Trip Name Easy Route
    Departure Date
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Group ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $275.00 /Group

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  • Trip Name Back Way
    Departure Date
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Group ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $385.00 /Group

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