Visit Rim Country

Payson, Arizona sits in the “Heart of Arizona” in northern Gila County.  The area is often referred to as the Rim Country.  Payson sits in the shadow of the Mogollon Rim, an extensive plateau at an elevation of 7300 feet, covered in Ponderosa pine forests and pristine mountain lakes.  The city is a 90 minute drive from Phoenix, Flagstaff and Prescott.


Payson was founded in 1882 and incorporated in 1973.  Payson is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest with 97 percent of the city surrounded by lands under the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service.  Payson is bordered on one side by the Tonto Apache Indian Reservation. Payson’s full-time population is 15,476.  The city can swell to approximately 30,000 in the summer months as people escape the Valley heat.


The city sits at an elevation of 4900 feet, offering a beautiful mild four season climate.  Payson experiences early summer drought and late summer monsoons and rain.  Winter temperatures are mild with cold nights.  Payson receives occasional snowfalls in the winter months, with most melting off within a few days.  For those who love the outdoors, the Rim Country offers year-round activities including hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding and more. 


Things to see and do in and around Payson include:


  • Green Valley Park with three stocked fishing lakes (Don’t miss the FREE summer outdoor concerts)

  • The Zane Gray cabin and history museum tours

  • Rumsey Park with a dog park, community pool, sports fields, and pickle ball courts

  • Mogollon Rim lakes – crystal clear stocked lakes, camping and hiking

  • Fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping on the Verde River, Tonto Creek and Christopher Creek

  • The world’s oldest continuous rodeo

  • Three golf courses

  • Tonto National Bridge – the largest known travertine bridge

  • The largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the United States

  • Roosevelt Lake – the largest lake in Arizona

  • Rock hunting and fossil finding

  • Wildlife viewing including elk, deer, javalina, coyote, bear, birds and more


Come and see why we love to live and work in the Rim Country.

Visit Our Rim Country Tourism Site:  Click Here

Pick-up free community and business information:  Click Here


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