We’re heading toward Payson to explore Arizona’s Rim Country, a region that has been largely preserved as national forest. It is a land of extreme beauty and it is rich with wildlife. Upon arrival at Kohl’s Ranch Stables, we’ll meet our capable and well-trained horses, and set out on our two-hour journey to the top of Turkey Mountain! There is no better way to explore this region than on the back of a sure-footed horse! The scenery is remarkable, winding past Indian Springs, through Juniper and Ponderosa pines. At the top of Turkey Mountain, we’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Mogollon Rim, and a silent and ancient forest—home to the rare Alligator Juniper, and huge trees that are believed to be at least 700 years old. Riders on this trail often see black bears, bobcats and the Rocky Mountain elk, along with both mule and whitetail deer, javelina and coyotes. The Rim is also home to over 239 species of birds, including eagles and hawks. We’ll explore a trail that winds us around Turkey Mountain before returning to the stable. After our ride we’ll enjoy lunch on self, at Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant in Payson, a great favorite with the locals, offering delicious and moderately priced lunchtime specials. After lunch we’ll explore more of Arizona’s beautiful Rim Country as a driving tour, with stops at some of the most dramatic overlooks. This is going to be a bucket list of a tour, limited to a very small group. You don’t need to be an experienced rider—our trusty horses do all the work. Don’t miss it!
Depart: Mesa 8 a.m. Phx 8:30 a.m. NW 9 a.m. R: 6 p.m.