Rim Country Life
Payson is located in north central Arizona often called the “heart” of Arizona. It is a beautiful 90-minute drive from the Phoenix metropolitan area and is known for its beauty and many recreational opportunities. Payson’s 5,000 foot elevation provides the town with a pleasant four season climate with an abundance of outdoor activities. Nestled comfortably at the base of the majestic Mogollon Rim – a 7,000 foot high, 200-mile long escarpment that stretches from north-central Arizona to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, while located in the largest standing national ponderosa pine forest in the United States – Tonto National Forest. The easy-going town of Payson is a charming mountain town that fully embraces its rural Old West heritage, yet offers many of the amenities of a much larger city; all just minutes from The Rim Golf Club. The town features art galleries, antique stores, with first-rate restaurants.
- World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, as well as other rodeos, festivals, and activities that showcase the Old West.
- The Beeline Cruise-In Car Show
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park(less than 20 miles or 30 minutes)
Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge formation in the world. It stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150-feet at its widest point. Tonto Natural Bridge is located in a small beautiful valley between Pine and Payson.
- Shoo-Fly Indian Archaeological Site
- Tonto Fish Hatchery
- The Rim Country Museum
- Zane Grey’s Cabin
Outdoor adventures are abundant in large thanks to our natural surroundings.
- Camping –Tent and RV
- Fishing - some of the best trout streams in Arizona and lakes stocked with trophy fish
- Hiking - 50 miles of dedicated trails in just about every direction, with paths that lead to many surprises along the way. You can hike to Native American ruins, see an abundance of wildlife, and discover quiet lakes and spectacular waterfalls and then the Tonto National Forest alone has a trail system totaling more than 500 miles.
- Water skiing
- Horseback riding
- Hunting – Some of the best big game hunting in the Southwest
- Biking - The Tonto National Forest and surrounding wilderness areas have a collection of nearly 900 miles of National Forest System Trails. Their primary purpose is to provide a variety of opportunities for hikers, bikers, and equestrians to enjoy the beauty and challenge of nature.
- Downhill skiing
- Sun Rise
- Snow Bowl
- Cross Country Skiing
- Snow Shoeing
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Grand Canyon
Visit the Payson/Rim Country Website for more information