VISIT RIM COUNTRY
This is 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.
Visit Rim Country
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)
With a dog park, community pool, sports fields, and pickleball courts
Mogollon Rim Lakes
Crystal clear stocked lakes, camping, and hiking
Tonto National Bridge
The largest known travertine bridge
Tonto National Forest
The largest stand of Ponderosa pines in the United States
The largest lake in Arizona
Including - Elk, Deer, Javelina, Coyote, Bear, Birds, and more
Come and see why we love to live and work in the Rim Country.
Photo by DJ Craig
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