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Doll Baby Road in the Tonto National Forest west of Payson, Arizona sees almost no traffic and makes for some great camping below the rugged Mazatzal Mountains.
The East Verde River west of Payson, Arizona is a lovely spot to cool off on a hot day. The temp was hovering around 90 here, so cooling off was a top priority while camping off Doll Baby Road in the Tonto National Forest.
RV camping on the edge of the Mogollon Rim at 7,600 feet. This is one of the greatest views I've had from an RV campsite. Notice I said "RV"...usually I'd have to strap a pack on my back to camp with a majestic view like this! Near Woods Canyon Lake in the Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona.
Willow Springs Lake at 7,500 feet on the Mogollon Rim in the Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona.
What a view! Camping on the edge of the Mogollon Rim near Woods Canyon Lake and Christopher Creek in the Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona. Note: not a good spot to leave your chair when windy!
East Verde River Canyon in the Tonto National Forest below the Mazatzal Mountains and west of Payson, Arizona.
A large bull elk takes cover on the Mogollon Rim in the Sitgreaves National Forest near Woods Canyon Lake, Arizona.
Mountain biking a quiet forest road in the Tonto National Forest west of Payson, Arizona. The Mazatzal Mountains and wilderness area rise up in the distance.
View of the Mogollon Rim from Colcord Mountain Lookout in the Tonto National Forest north of Young, Arizona.
Cool and clear Christopher Creek as it flows from the Mogollon Rim in the Tonto National Forest east of Payson, Arizona.
RV camping below the majestic Mazatzal Mountains west of Payson, Arizona in the Tonto National Forest. Summers can be hot around here - thankfully the East Verde River is nearby when you need to cool off.
Guess which way the wind blows here? This douglas fir doesn't have it easy living on the edge of the Mogollon Rim, Arizona.
A mountain short horned lizard enjoying some sun near Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim, Arizona.
Fishing at Woods Canyon Lake in the Sitgreaves National Forest on the Mogollon Rim, Arizona.
Yes, that's an RV! Camped right on the edge of the Mogollon Rim near Woods Canyon Lake, Arizona. There are many spectacular campsites here in the Sitgreaves National Forest, and this is just one of them. No wonder this is the most popular area for camping in the whole state of Arizona!
Wild strawberry in See Canyon above Christopher Creek on the Mogollon Rim, Arizona. They're small strawberries and I didn't find many...but boy were they packed with flavor! This was a very nice hike along See Canyon Trail 184 which I turned into an all day hike by doing a loop connecting with the General George Crook Trail, Highline Trail, and Drew Trail.
I've seen countless elk on the Mogollon Rim, but never up close like this! For 3 mornings in a row, at the crack of dawn, I was visited by this family of elk at my campsite in the Sitgreaves National Forest. Here's a look at elk in the wild, with a camper thrown into the mix!
Short Canyon Trail takes you on a tour of three distinct landscapes: Mojave Desert, Great Basin, and Sierra Nevada. Magnificent scenery. After a wet winter, spring wildflowers paint the canyon, which lies within Owens Peak Wilderness near Ridgecrest, California in the Eastern Sierra.
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