cliffs within the Tonto National Forest.
With its large ponderosa pine forests, it is a wonderful place to go camping, and a great way to beat the summer heat of Arizona. The steep limestone cliffs are an impressive sight as you look up from down below, and appear to run forever. It must have been a massive geological barrier to early pioneers traveling Northward in covered wagons, and I can only imagine what they must have thought about it.
There is a beautiful trail (#622) that partially follows Forest Road 300 that skirts along the top of the rim, with breathtaking vistas of Tonto National Forest below the Rim. The trail is rated as easy, and the portion we were on was quite level. According to the Apache-Sitgrieves National Forest website, the Mogollon Rim rates #2 in the world for sheer number of lightning strikes, especially during the monsoon season (July-August).
The following pictures were taken on an overnight trip Don and I took to the top of the Rim.
Some of the high rocky cliffs along the edge of the rim as seen from Trail #622. I have a fear of heights so my legs were utterly shaking as I took some of these shots!
Tonto National Forest from Trail #622 on the edge of the Rim.