October 13-15, 2014 – Payson, Arizona
Monday morning we headed west about 80 miles to Payson, Arizona – a beautiful drive coming down off the Mogollon Rim. We are staying a few miles south of Payson at the Oxbow Estates RV Park. It is a nice little park except the sites are very close together. Luckily there are just a few people here so we don’t have anyone directly on either side of us. After lunch we drove into Payson to look around and stop at the Visitor Center.
Tuesday we packed a lunch and the dogs and took a drive on the Rim Road. This is a section of General Crook Trail, a 250 mile long route that once linked the White Mountains with Camp Verde in the Verde Valley and Fort Whipple near Prescott. Forest Road 300 runs along 70 miles of the route while hugging the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim is 200 miles long and has 1000 ft cliffs – it is where the mountains meet the plains. The views from the rim are spectacular but, unfortunately, we forgot the camera! We enjoyed stopping a walking out to the edge of the cliffs for the great views. We ate a picnic lunch on a rock outcropping and soaked up the beautiful scenery. We ended up back on Highway 260 just west of Heber and drove back down to Payson. Along the way we could look back up the cliffs to the top of the rim where we had just been – a beautiful and relaxing day.
Wednesday we stayed in the campground, got some chores done and relaxed.