ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

We stopped here first, but it was closed...

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First view of the Rim...

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Next, we drove part of highway 300..

More Rim views, it was a long way down..

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Pardon the sun glares...you can see the road way down below..

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Wowser view...

Our next stop was this beautiful recreational area...

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We finally saw some elk today too...:-)

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One more view of the elk...

View of the lake...

Back on the drive...

The road turns to gravel for the rest of the drive, but...

We passed some beautiful aspens too...

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Our next stop on the drive to check out the horses...

The horses were all gone when we stopped...

It was a cool place for people to camp with their horses..

Jerry checking out one of the huge trees on the ground...

Betty...and the huge ponderosa pines....

Another view of the Rim...

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Last one for now, to be continued next visit..:-)


We had another great day with Betty, we drove about 90 miles over to Payson, Arizona. We drove the scenic drive on highway 300 for views of the Mogollon Rim. When most people think about Arizona, they think about sweltering heat or desert wastelands. What they don’t realize is that Arizona is a beautiful place with a variety of natural environments from the hot, dry desert to the cool, mountainous pine forests. If you’re looking for a cooler place to visit, then the Rim Country and surrounding open wilderness is where you need to be. We had temperatures in the high 50,s. Phoenix is in the high 80,s. We love this part of Arizona that is so much cooler because of the high elevations.

The Mogollon Rim pronounced “muggy-own” or “muggy-on”, is a mountain range that extends 400 miles and marks the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona. Here you will find the largest ponderosa pine forest in the United States, with awesome mountain views, and the unmistakable smells of Pine, Juniper, and Oak. We even passed through several groves of Aspen trees while viewing the majestic beauty of The Rim and surrounding wilderness. We stopped at the Rim Visitors Center too, but it was closed. We are already planning a return trip to drive more of this incredibly scenic drive. Check back later for more from Arizona.

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