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Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail 615 | Mountain Matron

Posted on December 16, 2017 at 11:25 PM

Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail #615 | Mountain Matron

The Mogollon Rim is a prehistoric, geological fault line running southeast through the northern portion of Arizona into the proximity of New Mexico. The fault line extends roughly 200 miles, dividing the Colorado Plateau and the Desert Canyon. This transition zone presents a unique, inherent demonstration of various trees, shrubs, and plants that commonly require vastly individual climates, generally not found to exist in cohabitant growth, bestowing spectacular panoramic views from the cities of Payson, Sedona, Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside.

Along the southside of State Highway 260, at the edge Pinetop-Lakeside you find the signage for Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail #615. The level terrain wraps around an easy to follow, well-maintained, 1-mile loop through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, including 17 interpretive signs describing the history and growth of the region along the way. The first half of the trail is paved in asphalt and allows additional accessibility. The paved portion ends at the sandstone ledge, introducing panoramic views of the largest standing contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest of the world, separating the contrast ecosystems of the Piñon-Juniper Woodlands and the Alpine Tundra of Arizona.

Getting There

State Highway 260

Parking and signage are found on the southside of highway 260 between Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside

Mogollon Rim Trail, Lakeside, AZ 85929

Need to Know

Partially Paved


Interpretive Stops

Check Winter Weather Temperature


  • Trail Elevation: 6,800ft
  • Level: Easy
  • Length: 1 mile
  • Type: Loop
  • Open: Year around
  • Permit: No
  • Conditions: Well Maintained
  • Vehicle Requirements: None
  • Services: None
  • Drive Time from Phoenix: 3 hrs 15 min
  • Features: Panoramic Views, Ponderosa Pine, Arizona Woodlands
  • Trail Time: 1 Hour
  • No Parking Fee
  • Lakeside Ranger District, 928-368-2100

Disclosure: As with any outdoor activity you need to plan properly and adhere to all National, State and City ordinances. We only offer an insight to our own experiences and do not take any responsibility for you or any persons accompanying you on this or any outdoor recreation activities listed on this website or any other Mountain Matron Social Outlets.

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