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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. 


The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the working partnership of business and professional people, to enhance the ability of its members to conduct their individual business successfully and to improve the economic well being of all citizens of Rim Country and surrounding areas. 

This mission is met through continually striving towards meeting the following objectives: 


  • To provide creative business leadership and effective coordination of all interested parties in solving community problems and in initiating constructive community action that produces a better understanding of the nation’s private enterprise system to its members. 

  • To assist in the coordination of the efforts of commerce, industry and the professionals in maintaining and strengthening a sound and healthy business climate in the Rim Country Region. 

  • To sponsor aggressive programs that promote and stimulate activities that will provide for full development and employment of our human and economic resources, 

  • To create a broad understanding and appreciation of the great opportunities in the Rim Country region and to promote the advantage of our community within the area, state and the world. 

  • Enhance the Chamber’s relationship to both government and semi-government agencies 


Welcome to Rim Country! We're glad you're here and we can't wait to show you what our community has to offer. Please take a few moments to check out the valuable resources available to help you navigate our area. 

Our goal is to "CONNECT" - whether it be with local businesses, non-profits or the general public. We are here for you! Hope to see you soon :)

Maia Crespin


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