Rim Road Scenic Drive is a 37.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Forest Lakes, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible from May until October.
Visit was August 6, 2016
Unbelievably gorgeous vistas along the rim. We hiked a few miles into the military sinkhole area. It felt like we were back home in the Pocono Mountains with the cool temps, pine trees and even a few oak trees. We'll always remember the butterscotch-scented pines. After that we drove through about 20 miles or so stopping often to take in the views. If you are planning on driving you should know what most of the road is not paved and there will be quite a few ATVs speeding along this road that will want to pass you. Just be a courteous driver and let them by. The sound of the ATVs also tends to scare off the wild life, so I wouldn't expect to see any elk or the like from the roadway. Would love to come back to camp /hike along the rim someday.
A great drive with spectacular views! Be advised, it is a very windy and slow drive. At most you will be going 25mpg. But with that said, you will WANT to take your time on this drive. Just make sure the members of your party are aware 10 miles will take 45 minutes to an hour. Many places to stop, take a photo, hike, backpack, camp, almost anything outdoors can be done on this road. It is a beautiful drive, take a meal, find a nice spot to eat (there are many) and enjoy not having to pay a fee to see nature.
We loved we drove the whole way from the north 87 to 300 stopped at the views and enjoyed a hike down to Bear Canyon Lake! Took 300 to 260 to 87 back to Scottsdale day trip!