I just got back from three days in an area of Arizona called the Rim Country. This area is called that due to the predominant geological feature called the Mogollon Rim. This "rim"is a long cliff like uplift running east to west for close to 200 miles. It is essentially the southwest edge of the Colorado Plateau. The south edge of the rim rises to heights over 7000 feet in elevation with some points reaching as much as 8000. Below the rim are areas of around 5000 to 6000 foot elevation sloping away south gradually. This area, both above and below the rim, is part of a huge forest of pine trees that comprises the largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the world.
Most people when thinking of Arizona think of desert, but much of Arizona is covered with this vast pine forest. This high area, due to it's altitude has significant snow fall in winter and because of this is a source of many streams that run south and north away from the rim. This along with the cooler temperatures due to altitude make this a favorite area to escape the heat of the deserts in the summer months.
When I went there I stayed in a small town below the rim called Christopher Creek. Christopher Creek is at about 6000 foot elevation surrounded by dense forest with a year round stream running through the small town.
Up on the rim north and east of Christopher Creek are five small lakes nestled among the pine forests, called the Rim Lakes.
This time, when we went, instead of camping we stayed at the Christopher Creek Lodge. This lodge, founded in 1950 is a group of small rustic cabins along the creek. http://christophercreeklodge.com/