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Living in Payson

Renowned for its stunning landscapes, awe-inspiring vistas, and its close proximity to the Mogollon Rim, Payson stands as the central hub of Rim Country. Providing a plethora of modern amenities including hotels, restaurants, schools, and a diverse range of retailers, the town caters to the needs of its residents and visitors alike. Families can indulge in recreational activities at both Rumsey and Green Valley Parks, creating cherished moments and fostering community bonds.

Payson, AZ is located in central Arizona, USA, nestled in the Tonto National Forest. It's about 90 miles northeast of Phoenix, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking natural beauty and recreational activities. Payson is at an elevation of 5,000.

This mountain community is surrounded by the Mazatzal Mountain Range to the west, the Mogollon Rim to the North and the Granite Dells to the east. Its geographical location puts it in the middle of the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world.  Hunting, fishing, mountain biking, camping, bird watching and just about every other outdoor adventure can be done here.

Well known for its long list of special events, Payson is the home to the Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, the Mogollon Monster Mudda and the Old Time Fiddlin' Arizona State Championships as well as many others. 

In Payson, AZ, summers are hot, with temperatures often reaching the 90s to low 100s Fahrenheit (32-38°C), while winters are cool, with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50s to 60s Fahrenheit (10-20°C). Spring and fall bring milder temperatures and occasional rain showers.

Things to Do in Payson

Hiking Trails

Explore the diverse hiking trails of Payson, AZ, where scenic vistas and rugged landscapes await adventurers of all levels.

Camping Spots

Discover camping spots nestled amidst the natural beauty of Payson, AZ, offering a perfect retreat under the stars.

The Mogollon Rim

The Mogollon Rim is a majestic geological feature, gracing Arizona's landscape with its towering cliffs and sweeping vistas.


Tee off amidst the landscapes of Payson, AZ, where golfers can enjoy pristine courses against the backdrop of the mountain scenery.

Local Parks

Discover the natural beauty of Payson, AZ, through its charming local parks, where visitors can unwind, picnic, and explore.

The Rodeo

Payson proudly states that they hold "The World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo" right here in Rim Country.

Roosevelt Lake

Roosevelt Lake is often referred to as the best bass fishing lake in all of Arizona. Come out and drop a line.

Community Events

From the 4th of July to Christmas parades and everything in between, Payson is known for it's special events.

Tonto Natural Bridge

Known as the largest travertine bridge in the world, the Tonto Natural Bridge is simply breathtaking.