(Picture from Ray)
That precipitous drop-off is the star of this scenic drive, part of which traces the rim's edge across the Coconino. In so doing, it follows another feature of interest, the General Crook Trail which the famous Indian fighter blazed to his stronghold at Fort Apache.
When you're not on the rim, you'll still find much to see along this drive, as it winds through a forest well populated with wildlife and gives you a taste of canyon country in scenic East Clear Creek and Barbershop canyons.
Needless to say, sightseeing is a favorite activity along the Rim, but this forest area also boasts a historic system of hiking and horseback trails, a couple of picturesque lakes for boating and fishing, and backcountry skiing for wilderness adventurers.
We stopped at Woods Canyon Lake...great spot for a break and a leg stretch. We passed many campgrounds but they were all closed for the season as it's normally a lot colder this time of year.
We found the Pour House Bar and Grill opened...but they weren't serving any food today. Finally, we found Tiny's Family Restaurant...by this time we were starving! They had some Thanksgiving Dinner specials...one of which was turkey dinner, and it was free! Your drinks cost $2...basically a donation. Deb and I had that, while Ray and Steve had other items off the special menu (Steve breaded shrimp and Ray steak and shrimp). It was a good "homemade" dinner that included pumpkin pie for all. Thanks for picking up the tab, Ray!
Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends!