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Canyon Point Sinkhole Trail

Hiking through the forest to the Canyon point sink hole
The Canyon point sinkhole from the edge
map: Canyon point sinkhole trail
Heading through the fence
Hiking along the Canyon point sinkhole trail
Blooming trees in Canyon point campground


How to Get There
This hike is located near Payson, AZ.

To get to the trailhead: from the Phoenix area, take HWY-87 North toward Payson. Once in Payson, take HWY-260 East towards Heber. After 33.5 miles of driving on HWY-260, make a right at the signed turnoff to Canyon Point Campground. Take the B camping loop and keep an eye on your right for the trailhead. The signed trail starts across from campsite #46.
Mogollon Rim

Hike details

1.40 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
To the bottom of the sinkhole and back is 1.4 miles.
1.00 [Hours]
It took us about an hour, but we had young kids with us, so we went more slowly than usual
Elevation Change
200 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Loss
50 Total Elevation Loss[Feet]
Elevation Details
about 50 ft to the bottom of the sinkhole.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
Worst Season
  • January
  • December
Season Details
Spring, Summer, Fall
Date Hike completed
September 13, 2009


Solitude Details
Surprisingly good, although I suspect sometimes it can get busy. When we went late in the day on a Saturday, we had this hike all to ourselves.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Be Aware of: The trailhead is a little tricky to find as it is buried inside a large campground.

30 yr old Recommendation: This is a good hike for the kids. Bring them along on this easy hike.

Hike the Canyon point sinkhole on the Mogollon rim in Arizona.

This well marked walk to a sinkhole is a very nice hike for kids or beginning hikers. The hike starts within the spacious Canyon Point campground. The signed trailhead begins across from campsite #46 in the 'B' loop. The trail goes through the pine forest, through a fence, and into a more dense pine forest. After a short amount of flat hiking, the edge of the sinkhole is sighted.

Be sure to follow the trail into the sinkhole itself, as the forest in this area has a very magical feel to it. You'll have to go there to see what I mean. There are all manner of lush greenery here, including elusive ferns. We spotted rabbits chewing on wild strawberries. At the bottom are some tree stumps that make for nice chairs to relax and reflect on this peaceful place.

When ready, return the way you came.


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