From near the top of Mount Ord, Roosevelt Lake glitters in the distance.
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Mount OrdAlong with oaks, pines and agaves, this scenic drive off the Beeline Highway offers equally impressive views of the Mogollon Rim to the north and Roosevelt Lake to the south.
By Kathy Ritchie
Some scenic drives require a certain amount of commitment. Whether it's time, vehicle requirements or sheer guts, you often have to give a little in order to get Arizona's spectacular views in return. Fortunately, the drive to Mount Ord is the exception. No sacrifice is required. In fact, this drive is more about bang than buck, so to speak. The views are breathtaking, the trip itself is quick and the fist-clenching moments are few and far between. Really, this drive is ideal for out-of-town visitors on the go — or in-laws in need of entertainment.
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Note: Mileages are approximate.
Length: 12.2 miles round-trip (Forest Road 626)
Directions: From Fountain Hills, drive north on State Route 87 for 33 miles to Milepost 223. Turn right onto Forest Road 626 and continue for 6 miles.
Vehicle requirements: A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
Warning: Back-road travel can be hazardous, so be aware of weather and road conditions. Carry plenty of water. Don't travel alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
Information: Payson Ranger District, 928-474-7900, www.fs.usda.gov/tonto
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