Nestled among the majestic mountains of the Mogollon Rim-a 7,000-foot, 200-mile-long escarpment, lays the breathtaking and serene town of Payson, Arizona. Graced with spectacular natural beauty, this small town is located between the Sierra Ancha and the Mazatzal Mountain Ranges. Giant saguaros march up the low hill, forests cover their higher slopes, and rivers run rampantly through surrounding canyons. Residents like to brag that their town is situated in one of only three, pure air ozone belts in the world.
At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the area enjoys a mild climate that accommodates year-round outdoor exploration, but not at the expense of missing out on seasonal changes. Residents and tourists alike enjoy snow covered, fragrant pine trees while cross-country skiing in the winter and extremely pleasant temperatures in the spring, summer, and fall while they hunt, fish, camp or hike. The surrounding Tonto National Forest is a major recreational draw for outdoor enthusiasts, hosting the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pine trees. Just minutes away from town are several beautiful rim lakes, countless trout streams, and miles of mountain biking, hiking and horse trails.
Payson is a friendly community where people know each other and enjoy getting together to socialize at many of the areas special activities and events. The back drop for many of these events is the spacious 40-acre Green Valley Park. This park is an excellent fishing, picnic, and recreation destination.
Payson hosts the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, as well as other rodeos, festivals, and activities that showcase the Old West. The Old Time Fiddlers State Championship and the Beeline Cruise-In Car Show both draw countless visitors each year.
With more than two dozen art galleries, jewelry makers, and specialty retailers such as the unique Swiss Village Shops, there’s no reason to head to the big city for fine arts, crafts, and antiques. In October, the Payson Art League’s Fine Art and Craft Show offers locally made artwork to thousands of visitors.