Mogollon Rim Road near Strawberry Arizona

May 16, 2009  •  Leave a Comment

Another day trip up to the Mogollon Rim near Strawberry, Arizona.  There is a nicely maintained dirt road that travels for about 26 miles along the edge of a rocky escarpment called the Mogollon Rim (or The Rim for short).  The Rim is the last "step" of what is known as the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau which extends from central Utah down to central Arizona and includes such places as Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, The Vermillion Cliffs, and Grand Canyon National Park.
 

The top of The Rim sits at about 8,000 feet in elevation, so April was a nice time to visit.  I have been up here many times, and nearly each time, a freak thunderstorm comes out of nowhere, which is apparently common where there are sudden elevation changes.  It is a peaceful quiet place with a lot of hiking opportunities and photo ops.  One interesting discovery on this trip was a Desert Horned Lizard (or Horny Toad as some call it).  The lizard has a unique defense in that it is able to shoot blood from its eye when threatened!  Thankfully that never happened, but I did get off a few close-ups.  Enjoy.
 

View from the top of The Mogollon RimView from the top of The Mogollon Rim A thunderstorm rolling along The RimA thunderstorm rolling along The Rim Desert Horned LizardDesert Horned Lizard Desert Horned LizardDesert Horned Lizard The edge of The RimThe edge of The Rim
 


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