If you have only one day to drag around out-of-town relatives to see the beauty of Rim Country, I know just the spot.
Take Highway 260 out of Payson, about 25 miles to the top of the Mogollon Rim. Turn left at the Woods Canyon Lake road sign. Follow Rim Road a couple of miles, and on your left will be a couple of view turnoffs: Rim Lakes Vista and Military Sinkhole Vista.
I like the Rim lakes turnoff the best. There, you can line up the group and get great photographs of everyone, with a stunning view of the vast forest below and behind them.
Also, there is a huge rock there that is in many photos. You can sit on the rock, which hangs out over the edge of the Rim (be careful) and look like a daredevil to your friends back home.
Remember, you are on the edge of a cliff that has a drop of several hundred feet, so please don't let any small children near the edge.
Also, it can get very windy along the edge. Be sure to supervise your children at all times.
But what magnificent pictures you'll have from this vista.
In addition to the stunning views along this area, there is a nice paved trail that runs along the edge of the Rim for several miles. You can walk any distance you like on the trail. In fact, it is accessible to people in wheelchairs.
There are also several park benches along the path. You can stop and enjoy lunch while looking out over the forests and mountains in front of you.
On most days, you can probably see a hundred miles in the distance.
On chilly days, take a thermos of hot cocoa with you.
AT A GLANCE
What: Mogollon Rim views
Where: Highway 260, about 25 miles east of Payson
What you'll see: Spectacular views of the forests and mountains. There is a paved walking path all along the road leading in to the area, park benches and marked vista points.
Wheelchair access: Yes
Open: Spring, summer and fall. The Rim Road leading to the area closes in the winter, usually early November.