Forest Lakes Area Specific Forecast
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To find the Rustic Rim Hideaway from Phoenix, follow State Route 87 North from Mesa or Fountain Hills to Payson. At McDonald's Golden-Arches, turn right (East) on State Route 260, (towards Show-Low), go about 36 miles (you will bypass Kohl's Ranch and Christopher Creek - the road has changed), climbing the Mogollon Rim, past the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff and Willow Springs Lake. You will see a reduced speed (50 MPH) sign, a small "FOREST LAKES" sign, and the road widens to three lanes. Next you will probably see the following: Campers Country Store on the right, Bugles Grazing and Guzzling Restaurant and Forest Lakes Lodge (a 2-story motel) on your left. Go 1 more mile (0.8 mi.) east to Mule Springs (at milepost 289.25 on Hwy 260, also a blue colored "Bed" sign signals your fast approaching left-turn). There are not any streetlights here at night! Take a left turn (North) onto Mule Springs Trail, a small gravel road, and follow it 300 feet until you see the office on the left (the brown house with a large circle drive and tall red reflectors at the driveway). (The office is NOT in the mobile home, the train-caboose or A-Frames on the cul-de-sac). The rental cabins are the three A-Frames in the cul-de-sac (Bill's Loop) across the street from the office.
If you see a GAS station on Hwy 260, you missed the Mule Springs Trail turnoff. Turn around, go about 1/2 mile, and turn right (north). If all else fails, call 535-9030 or 1-888-801-9030 for more directions.
36 miles east of Payson to Forest Lakes
0.8 mile East of Forest Lakes Lodge to Mule Springs Trail
0.1 mile North on Mule Springs Trail to Bill's Loop.
(The OFFICE is the brown house on the LEFT with American Flag out by the driveway!)