- Mogollon Rim
- Paved and Dirt / Gravel
- Suitable Vehicle:
- Passenger Car
- 54 miles roundtrip
- 2 hours
- April - November
One of the most striking geologic features in Arizona is the Mogollon Rim. This steep escarpment, measured in thousands of feet and hundreds of miles, begins just across the border in New Mexico and stretches diagonally two thirds of the way across Arizona. As such, it forms the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau and stands as one of the most impressive overlooks in the Grand Canyon State.
That precipitous drop-off is the star of this scenic drive, part of which traces the rim's edge across the Coconino. In so doing, it follows another feature of interest, the General Crook Trail which the famous Indian fighter blazed to his stronghold at Fort Apache.
When you're not on the rim, you'll still find much to see along this drive, as it winds through a forest well populated with wildlife and gives you a taste of canyon country in scenic East Clear Creek and Barbershop canyons.
FH 3 and AZ 87 are paved.
All Forest Roads are graveled and suitable for sedans.
Forest Roads are closed in winter.
If you are using the forest roads as a guide it is recommended to get a map from the forest service with the roads marked. The roads are not labeled very well along this scenic route.