Directions from Phoenix, Arizona
New address (GPS may or may not work): 4216 Mountain Ridge Rd., Payson, AZ 85541
Coordinates: N34 degrees 25′ 40″ W111 degrees 16′ 11″
(NOTE: If you use the coordinates, your GPS may tell you to take a right at the stop sign in Whispering Pines. DO NOT DO THIS! Instead, take a left onto 64, THEN a right on Service Road 32 after .6 miles.)
OR: Travel north on Beeline Highway (AZ 87) to the city of Payson, Arizona. Payson is your last gas stop, as well as the last stop for reasonably priced groceries. The largest intersection in Payson is at the junction of Route 260 and Highway 87; at that intersection set your odometer to 0. The odometer settings are important, as the roads are not marked very well. Stay on 87 through Payson.
After the second roundabout, (1.8 miles north of the 260 intersection), turn right (east) onto Houston Mesa Road. This road intersects 87 just as the Highway narrows from four lanes to two; there is a turning lane. Reset your odometer to 0. Once you turn onto Houston Mesa Road, it is also called Rim Road 199. You will be on this road for a total of 10.3 miles. Do not veer left toward Mesa del Caballo (stay right at the V in the road). Pass the Houston Mesa General Store (at 1.9 miles).
You will cross over the East Verde River three times. After the third crossing, you will come to the town of Whispering Pines and the only stop sign in town (10.3 miles after you turned off Highway 87). Reset your odometer to 0. Turn left at the stop sign onto Service Road 64, a graded gravel road.
Six-tenths (.6) of a mile past the stop sign, there will be a sign listing Washington Park Trailhead. Turn right onto Service Road 32. Once you turn, there is a small sign on your right, 32. Re-set your odometer to 0. At 2.4 miles, there is a “V” intersection; veer left. At 3 miles, 32 veers left again.
Continue on Service Road 32 and pass the turn-off for Washington Park Trailhead. One-half mile (.5) past the Trailhead turnoff sign, Service Road 32 ends. A sign in front of you reads “Mountain Ridge Cabins”. A wooden sign on your left reads “Dead End Road to Private Property.” Turn left onto the small winding road. This is a one-lane road with two-way traffic, so please drive slowly and carefully.
Proceed through our gate (swings out towards you, so leave enough room to open it). Please check in at the managers’ home and office just up the hill on your left.
To the Ponderosa Cabin: Take an immediate right. Your cabin is on the left. Park by the boulders.
To the Oak and Homestead Cabins: Pass the cabin on your right (Ponderosa Cabin) and the house on your left (Managers’ Home and Office). Follow the road up around to the right, over the cattle crossing. Continue to the right as if you’re making a big U-turn. You should now be facing the Homestead Cabin. Park by the double wooden gate next to shed on your right for the Oak or more to the left if the Homestead is your destination.
To the Manzanita and Juniper Cabins: Pass the cabin on your right (Ponderosa Cabin) and the house on your left (Managers’ House and Office). Follow the road up around to the right, over the cattle crossing. Continue straight on this road and pass the barns on your right. These two cabins will be on the left. The Manzanita is the lower cabin with a kitchen. Park in the shade by the trees.