Mountain Recreation on the Rim
In the geographic center of Arizona lies the “Rim Country”, so named by the overwhelming presence of the Mogollon Rim. The Rim is an escarpment 7,000 feet plus that presents a dramatic drop of over 2000 feet to the communities below. It is covered in forest and grass land, and has been the home to Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers, farmers, hunters, fishermen, and nature lovers for centuries. It is a land of extreme beauty, natural endowments, and historical significance.
Because the Rim has been largely preserved as national forest, it remains the home to a large and diverse group of animals. Over 239 species of birds, including eagles, hawks, and ravens inhabit the forest as well as the Rocky Mountain elk, both mule and whitetail deer, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, fox, javelina, and coyote. Despite the wondrous diversity of the creatures which we share Arizona Rim Country with, it is a land big enough to accommodate all styles of recreationalists.
The beautiful pine country around, as well as numerous streams and lakes, offers many recreational opportunities and facilities. Fishermen enjoy the abundant trout streams. Elk, deer, turkey, javelina, antelope, bear, and mountain lion hunting is permitted. Outdoor enthusiasts love Arizona Rim Country since it sits on the edge of the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pines. Rim Country is also lined with great hiking and mountain biking trails. There are also more challenging hikes surrounding Rim Country on all ends and offer something for everyone.
If you enjoy riding horseback, then Pine-Strawberry has many trails to choose from. But if you don't have a horse that's ok too, Just head down the road to Kohl's Ranch Stables and take a guided tour.
OFF ROAD ADVENTURE
looking to take the Jeep, Truck, ATV for trip? The Mogollon Rim has many Forest Roads near by that allows you to enjoy taking any of your wheels out for the day . But remember to wear your seat beat!
Pine has some of the most scenic hikes throughout Arizona Rim Country abound. Make a stop at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park or hike down Fossil Creek Trail and take a swim in water cave or stand under the water fall. The area has all levels of hike's from beginner to advanced.
Get the morning ride in... Ride from park to close by trail heads at Trail 15 is part of the Fire On The Rim mountain bike race that is held each September. This track is challenging but with the improvements the local trail crew has made over the past few years most of the heinous sections.
Do you like being in a boat, well no problem! There is plenty of lakes near by for a quick fishing trip or just paddle your kayak or stand up paddle board. So stop by Bear Canyon Lake, Blue Ridge Resevoir,Chevelon Lake, or Knoll Lake.
Visit the oldest standing school house, minutes away from the park