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  • Christopher Creek

  • Christopher Creek, at an elevation of 5,900 feet, is just 22 miles east of Payson and is nestled below the majestic Mogollon Rim on the banks of spring fed Christopher Creek.

    The Mogollon Rim, a towering escarpment of Red Rock heaves gloriously with it's zig zag cliffs and ledges for 200 hundred miles. Our area was made famous by author Zane Grey who wrote about this mystical wild Tonto Country.

    Located among the worlds largest stand of Ponderosa pines, the pure air smells of sweet pine. Wildlife of all kinds inhabit this rugged area and it isn't uncommon to see Elk, deer, turkey, squirrels, or rabbits roaming the countryside.

    Several settlements lie close by Tonto Creek, one of the most popular places in Rim Country — thanks to the spring-fed stream the Arizona Department of Game and Fish stocks copiously with trout all summer long. Christopher Creek has rental cabins, a lazy stream, a bar/restaurant, a couple of churches and 156 laid back residents, mainly retirees and secondhome owners. Several residents this year showed up for the taping of a television show in Payson to recount their backyard sightings of the famed Mogollon Monster, Rim Country’s own kissing cousin of Bigfoot.

    Just down the road historic Kohl’s Ranch rents cabins and condos perched on the banks of Tonto Creek, which runs through the Fish Hatchery upstream, past a small subdivision and Camp Tontozona and then on into the rugged Hellsgate Wilderness. Kohl’s

    Ranch has grassy areas on the banks of the creek and a rustic, resort-minded restaurant.

    For more information please visit:  www.christophercreekarizona.com