Where is Payson

Mogollon Rim Overview

The Mogollon (pronounced Muggey-own) Rim is an escarpment defining the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau.  In some sections the Rim features an elevation gain from bottom to top of almost 2000 feet.  It runs over 200 miles from the south of Williams, Arizona southeast to the border of Arizona and New Mexico.  When someone in Arizona talks of the 'Rim Country' they are usually talking about the 30 mile-long Payson section of the Rim from Pine/Strawberry to where Route 260 climbs the Rim on its way to Heber/Overgaard.  Payson is the largest city in this area with a growing population of 15,245.  The majestic Ponderosa Pine is the iconic tree of Rim country, thriving both at the bottom of the Rim at 5000' elevations and at the top at 7500' plus elevations.  The Mogollon Rim offers many recreational opportunities and is especially appreciated in the summer months where it is much cooler and wetter compared to the lower desert regions.

Scenic Mogollon Rim
Mogollon Rim

How close are we?

  • 1hr 20 minutes from Scottsdale
  • 1 hr 25 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport
  • 1 hr 45 minutes from Sedona
  • 1 hr 50 minutes from Flagstaff
  • 2 hr from Petrified Forest National Park
  • 2 hr 50 minutes from Tucson
  • 3 hr from Grand Canyon
  • 5 hr from Albuquerque
  • 5 hr 30 minutes from Las Vegas
  • 5 hr 30 minutes from Zion National Park
  • 5 hr 45 minutes from Santa Fe
  • 6 hours from Durango
  • 6 hr 35 minutes from Los Angeles
  • 6 hr 40 minutes from San Diego