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Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail
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Mogollon Rim Interpretive TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking0.80 Miles 48 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
48 ft AEG
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This trail has a colorful history. After being developed by the forest service, the land was sold to a private owner. Deciding to irritate the local community, the land owner closed off complete access the the popular trail to all visitors, and appeared to threaten community magazines/forest services/newspapers/guides/website owners/publishers with removing this trail from existence in their advertisements and information brochures under threat of legal action. (To my knowledge, having obsolete information is not a crime...half the internet would be illegal :lol: )

However, said landowner encountered a problem whereby the land was not zoned for development. Thus, it appears that the local land zoning board of Pinetop/Lakeside, in suggesting the landowner to not be a complete asshat to the community (and everyone in general), convinced this owner to reopen the trail. The landowner partially complied, where the paved part of the trail has been reopened. In response the zoning committee appears to have granted the rezoning request, allowing the land to be developed into an RV park.

The paved trail is surrounded by private property signs throughout the entire trail. The trail signs at the trailhead warn the hiker to stay on the trail, and the end of trail sign clearly marks the end of the trail, with private property signs posted about every 20 ft all along the way. The note on the HAZ guide sums this situation up fairly well.

In any event, the local community appears to benefit again from a trail in the heart of the the town, and perhaps the landowner got a small lesson in humility. However, based on the owners' previous behavior, one wonders if the current situation will last. I might think that people staying in an RV park would rather like a short trail to stretch their legs, but who knows.
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