Attractions in Payson

One of the major attractions in the Payson, Arizona, area is the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. The Mogollon Rim is the major geographical feature near Payson. This rim rises to 7,000 feet in elevation and drops 2,000 feet to the inhabited areas in the valley below. The area is covered in gorgeous pine forest. The Mogollon Rim has over 50 miles of hiking trails. Also, there are numerous fishing and boating opportunities in the many lakes and streams that cover the region.

The Tonto Natural Bridge Park is a natural rock bridge that is over 180 feet high and covers a 400 feet long tunnel. The park in much loved by hikers. There are three main trails in the park. Pets are not allowed on the trails. The park is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

At one time, Zane Grey was one of the most popular authors in America. Many of his novels that deal with western themes are still in print. For a time, Zane Grey lived and worked in a cabin in the area. The original cabin burned down in a forest fire, but a replica cabin and museum were built in 2003 in Payson's Green Valley Park. The cabin contains several items that belonged to Zane Grey. The interior is set up to look the way Zane Grey would have kept it years ago. The cabin is open everyday except Tuesday.

Also located in the Green Valley Park is the Rim Country Museum. The museum is housed in an old forest ranger station. Inside the museum, visitors will find several displays covering the history of Payson and the surrounding area. One of the interesting displays gives information about the Tonto Apaches who give their name to many of the sites in the area. Group tours of the museum are available. The museum is closed on Tuesday.

The Strawberry Schoolhouse is the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona. Built in 1885, the school was fully restored in 1967. The interior shows what a small, country school looked like in the old west. Demonstrations of weaving and butter churning are also held at the site. Group tours of the site are avaiable. The site is open from the middle of May until the middle of October.