To keep with Jimmini's tradition of providing local information where he Boondocks here is my attempt to assist him while he is without computer service.
For those who have never been to the rim, it is truly a must see in AZ. Not quite as spectacular as the Grand Canyon but beautiful in its own right.
The Mogollon Rim
by local residents) is a topographical and geological feature running across the U.S. state
. It extends approximately 200 miles (320 km) from northern Yavapai County
eastward to near the border with New Mexico
The Rim is an escarpment
defining the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau
, and along its central and most spectacular portions is characterized by high limestone
cliffs. It was formed by erosion
, and dramatic canyons
have been cut into it, including Fossil Creek Canyon and Pine Canyon. The name Mogollon comes from Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, Spanish Governor
of New Mexico
Much of the land below the Mogollon Rim lies 4000 to 5000 feet (1,200 to 1,500 m) above sea level
, with the escarpment rising to approximately 7,000 ft (2,100 m). Extensive Ponderosa Pine
forests are found both on the slopes of the Rim and on the plateau
above. It is a major floristic
boundary, with species characteristic of the Rocky Mountains
on the top of the plateau, and the species of the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental
on the slopes below and in the Madrean sky islands
(high, isolated mountain ranges) further south.
The Mogollon Rim's limestones and sandstones were formed from sediments
deposited in the Carboniferous
periods. Several of the Rim's rock formations are also found in the walls of the Grand Canyon
. In many places the Rim is capped or even buried by extensive basaltic lava
The Rim's uppermost sandstone stratum
, the Coconino Sandstone
, forms spectacular white cliffs, sometimes several hundred feet high. This Permian period formation is of eolian
(windblown) origin, and is one of the thickest sand-dune-derived sandstones on earth.
Cities near the Mogollon Rim include Payson
and Show Low
. It is bisected by Interstate 17
. The eastern portion of the Rim was the site of Arizona's largest-ever wildfire
in June 2002, the 470,000 acre (1,900 km²) Rodeo-Chediski fire
. The Mogollon Rim was also the site of the Dude Fire that started on June 25, 1990. This fire grew to over 30,000 acres (120 km2) and killed six wildland firefighters. Other large fires have burned along the Rim since 1990, and the area's Ponderosa Pine
forests remain vulnerable because of past fire suppression and fuel build-up.
Famed western writer Zane Grey
lived below the Rim, with a cabin northeast of Payson, Arizona
, near the small village of Christopher Creek. This cabin was restored by Phoenix air-conditioning magnate William Goettl in the late 1960's, and was destroyed by the Dude Fire in 1990. 
Grey's book Riders of the Purple Sage
and several other of his widely read novels were either set in this general area of the west, or inspired by it.[citation needed
] If one stands at certain points on the Mogollon Rim (Milk Ranch Point near Strawberry, Arizona
, is one example) at sunset, there is a grand view on clear days for about 50 miles (80 km) in three directions, south, west and east. Some or all of the sweeping landscape may well appear a hue of purple as the sunlight fades.