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Life by the Lake

Living in Tonto Basin

Nestled in the heart of Arizona’s wild beauty, Tonto Basin feels like stepping into a time capsule of ancient tales and modern-day adventures. Long before folks like us roamed these lands, Native American tribes called this place home, leaving behind stories etched into the very fabric of the earth. Then, as the sun dipped below the horizon, pioneers rolled into town, seeking new beginnings and hidden treasures. Today, Tonto Basin keeps that old-world charm alive, a haven of peace and quiet amid nature’s embrace. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Tonto National Forest, this place invites explorers and dreamers to soak up its rich history and untamed wilderness. Whether you’re tracing ancient footsteps, casting a line in its sparkling waters, or simply chilling out in its wide-open spaces, Tonto Basin promises a laid-back adventure that feels just right.

Things to Do in Tonto Basin

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.