Rim Country Area Attractions
Camping is a major activity, encouraged by the three national forests that make up Rim country. Facilities include commercial parks, state and federal parks, and the availability of the forests for "Dispersed Camping". Information is available at the Visitor Center and the Payson Ranger Station, east on Hwy 260.
Fishing continues to bring anglers to the many lakes and streams of The Rim. Two fish hatcheries are located east of Payson, providing over 250,000 trout per year for the avid fisherman. Visitors are welcome.
Hiking in Rim Country has so many options that a life time may be spent without repeating a trail. Trail heads in many locations provide access to the variety of trails that range from easy to rugged. Trail maps and information are available at the Visitor Center and the Payson Ranger Station on Hwy 260.
Hunting is another sport that has a large following in Rim country. Hunting elk, deer, turkey, quail, mountain lion and many other types of game is permitted. Please contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department or the Payson Ranger Station for information and regulations.
Historical locations, such as the Tonto Natural Bridge, the Shoo Fly Ruins, Zane Grey's Cabin, The Pine Historical Museum, the Strawberry School House and The Historical Museum at Green Valley Park, provide a background of past times and peoples.
Relaxing and picnicking are major activities in Rim Country. A great place to start is Payson's 45 acre Green Valley Park, featuring three lakes, picnic ramadas and shady trees. In the summer, Saturday evening concerts of the Summer Concert Series, in the amphitheater, will delight music fans of all kinds.
For more energetic park activities, Rumsey Park, in central Payson, next to the new Payson Library, offers an Olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts, volley ball courts, basketball and baseball fields.