Campsite Spotlight: Upper Mogollon Rim


We’ve spent a lot of time talking about lakes in our Campsite Spotlight series so far. But maybe that isn’t your thing. Today, we are going to look at some dry campgrounds up on The Rim that we think are worth adventuring.

The Mogollon Rim is a great place to unwind, calm down, and cool off … literally. Daytime temperatures are 20-40 degrees cooler than the greater Phoenix area, which is a blessing for summertime camping.

Canyon Point

Canyon Point boasts 113 beautiful campsites that can accommodate trailers and motorhomes up to 75ft long. A few of these campsites were even designed with accessibility in mind to help even more people enjoy Rim Country.

This site features full facilities including showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and campfire rings.

Colcord Ridge

This free campsite is listed by the Forest Service as ” a great campsite for youth first learning how to camp”. It features a mix of trees from mighty ponderosa pines to white and Douglas firs. It also has good access (5 miles) to fishing on Canyon Creek as it is near the Canyon Creek fish hatchery.

FR 9350

Forest Road 9350 Campgrounds are a local favorite. Some say it has the best views of Rim Country you can find. At 7200 feet in elevation, you really do get a bird’s-eye view.

The campsites are spread out enough to give you a sense of privacy despite the campground’s popularity. This is a free campground as well, which makes it first-come-first-served but there is enough to go around. Being right against the Rim Escarpment makes for breathtaking views but, for the same reason, the Forest Service does not recommend this campground to families with young children or individuals who dislike heights.

Kehl Springs

Kehl Springs campground is secluded and private. Like some of the other campgrounds we’ve looked at today, Kehl Springs is free. No fees or passes required. Also, like the other campsites, it is gorgeous. Another perfect place to soak in nature and that clean Rim Country air.

We are glad to share these campsites with you and hope the spotlight series helps you find your next adventure. Before we go, I have a quick question for you. What is your preferred way to pronounce the word “Mogollon”? Leave your phonetic breakdown in the comments below.

Thanks, and see you later, adventurers.


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