A couple of years ago while exploring the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, Don and I followed a forgotten logging road several miles into the back country of the Apache-Sitgeaves National Forest near Pinetop. If you are wanting to get away from the summer crowds & Heat, it doesn't get much more isolated than this. I can count on one hand, the number of people we have seen in the area over the past 3 years. We love the area because of the variety of Wildlife we have seen during our camping trips - Elk, Pronghorns, & lots of Bears!
The following video is a pan of the area where we set up our camp.
This is just a short video I shot of some Elk we spotted just after dawn on the Rim! A small heard of 7 cows. The video is a little shaky because I was sitting in the Blue Goose at the time, with the window down, trying to film the elk with one hand while hanging onto Breezy with the other. She got so excited when she saw them and was very determined to jump out the window to give chase!
Cricket, her sister, loves to explore the Rocky hills around camp! This is the hill where she accidentally flushed a newborn fawn on our first visit which is why we named the area Bambi Ridge. She spotted the fawn just on the other side of the hill, and I think it scared her more than she scared the fawn because she ran back to me almost immediately. Personality wise, Cricket is the polar opposite of Breezy, who probably would have chased the fawn as it scampered down the hill. Breezy is a total airhead which is one the the reasons I rarely take her with me when I'm hiking. Cricket is such a scaredy cat that I can trust her to stick real close which is what makes her such a great trail dog!
She really is beginning to look like a little raggamuffin in this shot! Time for a haircut!
Cricket may be my trail dog, but she has always been Don's lap dog! She has a habit of jumping up into his lap the second we get back to camp!
Bambi Ridge also has a healthy population of Barred Tiger Salamanders, and we usually find these guys underneath our tent or the tarp we use to cover our firewood with during the monsoons. This species of Salamander is rather large, and can grow to over 1 foot long!
Little Breezy trying to catch some morning sun! Unfortunately because she is such a problem child, we very rarely let her off leash even around camp.
If you want to beat the summer heat of Arizona, you will find it 10-15 degrees cooler up on the rim! Great place to camp! Love this statue we always passed when running to town for supplies!