Payson Arizona is a friendly community of about 15,000 with roots extending back to the ranching and mining days of the 1800s. It was rumored to have some of the best bootleg liquor in Arizona in the early 1900s. Zane Grey brought fame to the area through his novels such as "Under the Tonto Rim" and television helped show the beauty of the area, especially in "Grizzly Adams". MGM's lion was rescued by local cowboys when a plane crashed in the 1940s in the Hell's Gate area not far from the present Tonto Apache Reservation.
Payson is a blend of Old West flavor, alpine forests, and modern amenities. Four seasons of mild weather provide a wealth of outdoor activities with lots of hiking and cycling trails, horseback riding, golf, fishing and lakes. The community offers a range of activities and entertainment from antique stores and art galleries to museums and movies, and many excellent restaurants.
Five forested communities of "Arizona Rim Country" (Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Star Valley & Christopher Creek) welcome you to the 'Heart of Arizona' which is located in the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world, known as the Tonto National Forest. Payson is just over 5,000 feet in altitude and is located in one of 3 pure ozone belts in the world.
Highway 87 through Payson is the second route to the Grand Canyon, Sedona and the unmatched beauty of the Arizona Rim Country - it is just a little over an hour drive from Phoenix Arizona and its International Airport.