Mogollon Rim with Wayne Drop

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February 22, 2022

Hey Everybody… Wayne Drop right here! There’s nothing extra enjoyable than going sledding! A February winter storm watch has been issued for Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim right now with snow predicted to achieve anyplace from 8-16 inches. That’s after I love to go to the Mogollon Rim (pronounced “Muggy – personal”), a sheer cliff that runs a surprising 200 miles diagonally throughout Arizona. The rim is way larger in elevation, and that’s the reason you will discover snow up right here even when it’s heat and dry in Phoenix.

The Rim begins southwest of Flagstaff and travels by way of three Nationwide Forests all the way in which to the Arizona and New Mexico border. Yearly, the rim will get 18-26 inches of precipitation, largely falling as snow throughout the winter the place “these flakes” have a tendency to stay round as snow pack. However wait, I ought to again up a minute and level out that us water drops are like the unique “Transformers”… the toys that may flip into various things? Nicely water can shape-shift into three completely different circumstances: liquid, like me; strong, like ice or snowflakes; and fuel, like steam or clouds.

Wayne Drop sledding at the Mogollon Rim

The Mongollon Rim is the birthplace of many streams.

Don’t look down, Wayne!

The primary time I visited the rim, I used to be excessive up on a cliff and will see about 100 miles east, south, and west. Digging round by way of the snow, I discovered items of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, proof of a terrific geologic historical past that created these cliffs. My ancestors carved this land by way of the method of erosion. I ponder what number of water drops it takes to maneuver all that rock and soil?

As a result of it was late winter, I made a decision to take a experience on a few of the snowmelt that was working off the rim. Yikes! It was the steepest experience of my life, as I traveled about 2,000 toes down by way of creeks and streams alongside the way in which (Don’t do this at house children – I’m a water drop!)

Later taking a look at a map, I noticed that a lot of the streams movement from the rim into creeks and rivers that ultimately be part of the Salt and Verde rivers and fill essential reservoirs the place water is saved. Are you able to consider it? It seems the Mogollon Rim is the birthplace of a few of my favourite rivers that assist animals, vegetation, and communities of individuals dwelling within the Valley of the Solar.


Q: When the snow melts off the Mogollon Rim, the place does it go?

  1. It flows till it reaches the San Francisco Peaks
  2. It  flows in streams and creeks to hitch native rivers
  3. It flows into the San Pedro River in Tucson


What these phrases imply:

Precipitation – rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the bottom

Snow Pack – layers of snow that collect in very chilly areas, normally on the high of a mountain

Igneous Rocks – rocks which might be shaped when magma from a volcanic eruption cools and turns into a strong

Sedimentary Rocks – rocks which might be shaped from the gradual accumulation of fabric that ultimately bonds collectively

Metamorphic Rocks – rocks that undergo intense modifications as a result of warmth and stress

Erosion – the gradual destruction of one thing by pure forces (comparable to water, wind, or ice)

Snowmelt – water from melting snow that turns into runoff, feeding streams and rivers


See further water websites visited by Wayne in his The Arizona Water Adventure Book.


Till subsequent time, don’t overlook to reuse your towels!

Wayne Drop is the official spokes-drop for Water – Use It Correctly. For over 20 years, he has been visiting neighborhood occasions, colleges, and libraries to assist speak about water conservation and why it’s so essential to our state. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, boating, and sledding within the snow. Discover extra blogs from Wayne Drop.

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