Car Camp the Mogollon Rim

Arizona Mogollon Rim Campground

Added by Ethan Fichtner

One of Arizona's best kept secrets, Mogollon Rim offers incredible, expansive views of Arizona's Coconino National Forest. This camp spot is located a 2.5 hr drive from Phoenix .

The Mogollon Rim is part of the Colorado Plateau in eastern Arizona above Payson. The rim stretches across the Coconino National Forest and at some parts drops off nearly 2,000ft. This area is ideal for over-night car-camping. The expansive vistas above thousands of acres of national forest land make this a great place for a hiking and exploring during the day but the sunset followed by the star-gazing is the best part of this place.

There are dozens of campsites throughout the area - some require reservations, some are first come first serve. Check out the Mogollon Rim Ranger District website for details about campsites. The spot on the map will take you to the edge of Mogollon Rim Ranger District and the Clints Well Campground, one of the many great options in the area.

Pack List

  • Sleeping bag (25 degree rated minimum)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Extra blankets or comforters (it gets cold)
  • Tent
  • Water: Bring it. Lots.
  • Food
  • Bathroom essentials
  • Camera
  • Journal
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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9 months ago

A rim with a view!

The Mogollon Rim is an awesome destination, but can become very crowded in the summers given the short drive from Phoenix. The Forest Service has started to implement 'quiet zones', which they have a map on their website. There are plenty of places to camp and you must be mindful of the fire restrictions. My favorite time to camp is typically before forest road 300 opens to traffic.

9 months ago

over 1 year ago

Beautiful area with countless opportunities for camping. Note that most of the Rim Lakes area camping is limited to numbered sites (even for dispersed camping!) due to heavy usage.

over 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

Beautiful places and great trout fishing in the nearby lakes

about 2 years ago

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