Payson Jeep Tours

Your Guide To Payson Jeep Tours

Where To Find Jeep Tours In Payson, Arizona

Rim Country’s Payson is perfectly located right next to the Grand Canyon with stunning scenery and beautiful nature trails. Visit the Shoofly Indian ruins, fish at one of many Rim Country Lakes, hike to the top of Mogollon Rim or take a look at the Tonto natural bridge. There’s plenty of things to do in this beautiful town. Below is a couple of places where you can find jeep tours in Payson and Arizona.

A Day In The West – One of Sedona’s oldest tour companies A Day In The West can offer a huge variety of tours all around Arizona all at great prices.

Explore Arizona Tours – This includes tours around Arizona ranging from $49 per adult for the Old Bear Wallow tour right up to $286.69 for the Hummer/ATV Combo Tour.

Verde River Rock House – Features off road tours of Rim Country in Payson and Arizona.

Grand Canyon Jeep Tours – See the sun set over the Grand Canyon, view some rare Indian paintings or explore the Grand Canyon safari and rim.

Trail Handler Tours – Go on a sunrise or sunset tour lasting anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours either as a group or privately with just your friends and family.

Apache Trail Tours – Take a tour through the Arizona desert on the Apache trail.

Sedona Offroad Adventures – Get both jeep and hummer tours here around the Grand Canyon, Sedona and you can even take a trip to the local winery!

Earth Wisdom Jeep Tours – Go on an adventure around the Grand Canyon and the Mogollon Rim, or take a trip to the ruins all at Earth Wisdom.

Jeep Tours in Arizona – Take a private tour along Mogollon Rim, go down to the Blue Ridge reservoir or book a full day tour in the red rocks of Sedona.

Places To Eat In Payson, Arizona

You need to eat, so why not make it as enjoyable as possible. Here’s a list of all the different places to eat in Payson, Arizona along with their phone numbers so you can easily give them a call and book a table.

Beeline Cafe 815 S. Beeline Hwy. Payson 928-474-9960  
Buffalo Bar & Grill 311 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-3900
Butcher Hook Restaurant Mile Post 259, Highway 188, Tonto Basin 928-479-2712
Chili’s 900 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-468-7036
Crosswinds Restaurant 800 W. Airport Road, Payson 928-474-1613
Denny’s 312 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-4717
Double “D” Bar, Store & Cafe Tonto Village 928-478-4332
Happy Jack Lodge 39 miles North of Payson on Lake Mary Road 928-477-2805
Historical Journigan House 202 W Main St. 928-474-2900
Pinon Cafe 1001 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-4602
Macky’s Grill 201 W. Main St. Suite J, Payson 928-474-7411
Miss Fritz 260 Cafe 803 W. Hwy 260, Payson 928-478-5881
Native Bar and Grille 210 Hwy 260, Payson 928-474-6883
Punkin Center Steakhouse Tonto Basin 928-479-2627
Randall House Highway 87, Pine 928-476-4077
Rimside Grill 1101 S. Beeline Hwy, Payson 928-472-4446
Rye Creek Steakhouse 3270 N. Highway 87, Pine 928-474-6671
Sidewinders 6112 W. Hardscrabble Mesa Road, Pine 928-476-6434
Strawberry Lodge Highway 87, Strawberry 928-476-3333
Tiny’s 600 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-5429
The Grille- Mazatzal casino Highway 87 – Mile Marker 251 928-474-6044
The Sweet Shoppe 201 W Main St Suite B, Payson 928-468-6296
Cedar Ridge Restaurant- Mazatzal casino Highway 87 – Mile Marker 251 928-474-6044
Creekside Steakhouse Highway 260, Christopher Creek 928-478-4557
Diamond Point Shadows East Highway 260, Star Valley 928-474-4848
Fargo’s 620 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-7455
Zane Grey Country Barbeque & Great Pizza E. Highway 260 at Kohl’s Ranch 928-478-5175
Ayothaya Thai Cafe 404 Hwy 260, Payson 928-474-1112
Wok Express 136 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-0688
Cardo’s Pizza 203 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-468-1626
Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe 512 N. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-468-6500
Hot Stuff Pizza Inside Texaco Highway 87, Pine
Little Caesars Pizza 400 Arizona 260, Payson (928) 474-4677
Pizza Factory 238 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-1895
Pizza Hut 113 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-1100
Alberto’s Mexican Food 219 E Hwy 260, Payson 928-468-9000
Alfonso’s Mexican Food 510 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-468-6178
El Rancho Mexican Food 200 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-3111
La Sierra Mexican Restaurant 800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-468-6711
Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant 1111 S Beeline Hwy, Payson 928- 474-4305
Coffee Korner- Mazatzal casino Highway 87 – Mile Marker 251 928-474-6044
Dimi’s Expresso 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-478-7166
Starbucks Inside Basha’s, Payson 928-474-4495
Starbucks Inside Safeway, Payson 928-472-8208
Scoops 201 Main Street, Payson 928-474-3957
Arby’s 230 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-6282
Burger King 301 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-6213
Carl’s Jr. 100 E Hwy 260, Payson 928-474-4114
Dairy Queen 601 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-9137
Del Taco 108 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-468-1505
Jack In-The-Box 301 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-472-8060
Kentucky Fried Chicken 305 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-3533
McDonald’s 107 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-3698
Sonic Across from Mazatzal Casino, Payson 928-468-1865
Subway 128 E. Highway 260, Payson (Bashas shopping center) 928-474-5757
Subway (Inside Wal-Mart), Payson 928-468-2080
Taco Bell 110 E. Highway 260, Payson 928-474-6141
Wendy’s 505 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-2641

Places To Stay In Payson

Whether you’re on vacation or you’re here for business you’re going to need a place to stay. We’ve got hotels, B&Bs, cabins, lodges, mobile homes and RV parks, take a look:

America’s Best Value Inn 811 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 800-474-2283
Budget Inn 302 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-474-2201
Comfort Inn 206 S Beeline, Payson 928-472-7484
Days Inn 301A S. Beeline Highway, Payson 877-474-9800
Knights Inn Highway 87 at 101 W. Phoenix St., Payson 928-474-4526
Majestic Mountain Inn 602 E. Highway 260, Payson 800-408-2442
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Highway 87 – Mile Marker 251 800-777-7529
Motel 6 1005 S. Beeline Highway, Payson 928-4742382
Quality Inn
801 N Beeline Hwy, Payson 866-344-7560
Super 8 Inn & Suites 809 E. Highway 260, Payson 800-800-8000
Tonto Basin Inn Highway 188, Tonto Basin 928-479-2891
Windmill Corner Inn Highway 87, Strawberry 928-476-3064
Martha’s getaway 102 E Sherwood, Payson 928-951-5521
Two J’s Homestay 3670 Whispering Pines, Pine  602-206-6543
Up the Creek 10491 W. Fossil Creek Road, Strawberry  928-476-6571
Verde River Rock House 602 W. Eleanor Drive, Payson  928-472-4304
Cabins on Strawberry Hill Highway 87, Strawberry  928-476-4252
Christopher Creek Lodge 22 miles east of Payson – Highway 260  928-478-4300
Creekside Cabins & Steakhouse 22 miles east of Payson – Highway 260  928-478-4557
Forest Lakes Lodge E. Highway 260, Forest Lakes  928-535-4727
Grey Hackle Lodge Highway 260, exit Christopher Creek Loop  928-478-9980
Kamp Kiwis Cabin Rental 15 miles north of Payson on Highway 87  928-221-2439
Kohl’s Ranch 17 miles east of Payson – Highway 260  800-331-5645
Mountain Meadows Cabins 3 miles past Christopher Creek  928-478-4415
Mountain Ridge Cabins  928-474-7060
Payson Cabin Rentals 602-751-9608
Pine Creek Cabins 3901 N. Highway 87, Pine  928-970-9511
Ponderosa Cabins Trout Springs Road, Forest Lakes  928-535-5297
Punkin Center Lodge Highway 188, Punkin Center, Tonto Basin  928-479-2229
Rancho Tonto Guest House Exit left at Kohl’s Ranch  928-478-0002
Rustic Rim Hideaway 3 miles past mile marker 289 – Highway 260  928-535-9030
Wooden Nickel Cabins Christopher Creek @ Hunter Creek Ranch  928-478-4519
Cy’s Shady Haven RV Park Hwy 260 to Valley Rd in Star Valley  928-474-8222
Gateway Mobile Home Park 1107 S. McLane Rd. Payson
Houston Creek RV Park 4 miles East on Hwy. 260 in Star Valley  928-474-2636
Jakes Corner 5764 N Hwy 188 928-474-0679
Lamplighter Mobile & RV Park 3 miles East on Hwy. 260 in Star Valley  928-474-5048
Lazy D Ranch RV & Apartments 3 miles East on Hwy. 260 in Star Valley  928-474-2442
Oxbow Estates RV Park Oxbow Estates RV Park  928-474-2042
Payson RV Park & Campground 808 e. Hwy. 260 Payson  928-472-2267
Sky Run RV Resort & Storage HC5 Box 37 Payson  928-474-4728
Strawberry RV Trailer Park 8143 W fossil Creek Rd, Strawberry 928-476-3503
Twin Lakes Mobile Home Park 903 Granite Dells Rd. Payson  928-474-6532

12 Stunning Pictures Of The Grand Canyon

Take a look at the amazing Grand Canyon, a beautiful, picturesque place that you could be visiting on a jeep tour. Which picture is your favourite? Mine’s the last one!

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Mather Point, a short walk from the Visitor Center, parking lots and the shuttle bus transit station, is one of the most popular and busiest viewpoints on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. For visitors entering the park on the South Rim, Mather Point is the often the first place to stop and view the canyon. NPS Photo by W.Tyson Joye. From Mather Point, the views are spectacular and there are many places to look down into and across the canyon. Summer storms in the southwest are often accompanied by potentially deadly lightning. Visitors walking and hiking in the park are reminded that if they can hear thunder, they should consider ending outdoor activities. If the sound of thunder follows a lightning flash within 30 seconds, seek shelter inside a building or vehicle. If this is not possible, move well away from high points such as ridges and the edge of the canyon. Do not seek shelter beneath tall trees. Lightning strikes within Grand Canyon National Park an average of 26,073 times per year. For more on how to be "lightning smart" download the Grand Canyon Lightning Danger Info Sheet: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/LightningDanger.pdf Summer temperatures on the South Rim, at 7000 feet (2135 m), are relatively pleasant with high temperatures generally in the 80s (27-32°C) (with temperatures typically warming to over 100 degrees (>38°C) at the river near Phantom Ranch (2400 feet/762m). North Rim summer high temperatures are typically cooler than the South Rim due to increased elevation (8000 feet/2440 m), with highs typically ranging in the 70s (21-26°C). Overnight lows can still drop near to below freezing occasionally on the North Rim, although typically low temperatures range from the 40s and 50s (4-15°C) at the South Rim to the 60s and 70s (16-26°C) at Phantom Ranch. Summer thunderstorms frequently occur during July, August, and early September with the potential for torrential rains, frequent lightning, and sudden flash floods. These t

Mather Point, a short walk from the Visitor Center, parking lots and the shuttle bus transit station, is one of the most popular and busiest viewpoints on the South Rim of Grand Canyon. 

Boating down the Colorado River below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park. NPS photo by Mark Lellouch. There are three different river trip opportunities through Grand Canyon National Park. Learn more: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting.htm While on river trips, we all seek something special for ourselves, our families, and our friends. This might be solitude or camaraderie, or both. Even though we are unique individuals, we visit the river and the canyon for many of the same reasons. By considering the needs of others and by leaving the canyon as pristine as or better than you found it, everyone has the potential to create a positive and safe river experience.

Boating down the Colorado River below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park. 

Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters), overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. Here the canyon transforms as the narrow walls of Marble Canyon, visible only as a winding gash, open dramatically to become "grand." Layers of red and black Precambrian rocks, not visible at Bright Angel Point, add contrast and color. Part of the viewpoint is accessible. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn.

Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet (2,683 meters), overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of Grand Canyon. 

Summer storms in the southwest are often accompanied by potentially deadly lightning. Visitors walking and hiking in the park are reminded that if they can hear thunder, they should consider ending outdoor activities. If the sound of thunder follows a lightning flash within 30 seconds, seek shelter inside a building or vehicle. If this is not possible, move well away from high points such as ridges and the edge of the canyon. Do not seek shelter beneath tall trees. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn. For more on how to be "lightning smart" download the Grand Canyon Lightning Danger Info Sheet: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/LightningDanger.pdf

Summer storms in the southwest are often accompanied by potentially deadly lightning. Visitors walking and hiking in the park are reminded that if they can hear thunder, they should consider ending outdoor activities. 

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Saturday, March 9th. Viewing a spectacular sunset as a Pacific storm breaks up. Could this be the last snowstorm of the season? With warming temperatures in the forecast all week, spring may be arriving at last. NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker. By mid-April at Grand Canyon, winter weather usually begins to break, and although snow is not uncommon in May, warm spells become more frequent. The winter cold gives way to a warming and pleasant spring period with average high temperatures gradually rising from the 50s and 60s (10-21°C) in April through the 70s to 80s (21-32°C) by June along the Rim, and from the 80s (27-32°C) in April to near 105 (41°C) by June along the river. Low temperatures will typically fall below freezing on the Rim in April and May and warm into the 40s (4-9°C) by June, with low temperatures from the 50s (10-15°C) in April to the 70s (21-26°C) by June along the river. Spring is typically breezy to windy with winds occasionally gusting over 40 mph (18 m/s) and dry with little precipitation occurring in May and early June. Due to the very dry airmass typical of the late spring months, late season frosts and freezes are still a possibility, with sub freezing temperatures being recorded as late as July at the North Rim. Snowfall has been reported as late as the middle of June. http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/weather-condition.htm

An Introduction To Payson

The Rim country and its prehistoric people are named for Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, a Spanish colonial governor – hence the name of the Mogollon Rim, the key geographic feature of the northeastern and eastern mountain belt.

Prospectors came to the Payson area in the late 1800s, although little gold was found. However, the area’s rich grazing land attracted cattlemen, and its pine forests led to logging and milling industries. Payson soon became a supply center. The community, nestled in the rolling mountains south of the Mogollon Rim, was first known as Green Valley, but, because of its size and shape, was sometimes called Long Valley or Big Valley. When the town was platted in 1882, it was called Union Park, population 40.

In 1884, the town’s name was changed to Payson in honor of Congressman Louis Edward Payson of Chicago, who helped the settlement obtain a post office. (There’s also a Payson, Utah, named after the congressman for the same reason.) Western author Zane Grey came to the area in the early 1920s and built a cabin. Several of his novels, including “Under the Tonto Rim,” were written there.

Today, tourism is the primary industry of the area, although ranching, mining and smelting remain important elements of the area’s economic base. Payson sits at the edge of the world’s largest stand of Ponderosa pine. The clean air, mild climate and outdoor recreation in the Tonto National Forest attract visitors year-round. And retirees, attracted for the same reasons, are an important part of the community’s population.

Globe, the county seat of Gila County, is 80 miles southeast of Payson. The Tonto Apache Tribe, which has a reservation located 1/2 mile south of Payson, operates the Mazatzal Casino, which has become a major employer in the Payson area. Over 270 people were employed by the casino as of January 1998.

The name “Mazatzal” comes from the Mazatzal mountain range, located just southwest of Payson. The word means, roughly, “place where deer gather,” and is Aztec Indian in origin. It is unclear how the word came to be used as the name of these mountains.

Different Types of Jeep Tours And Hikes In Payson

2-3 Hour Trips

Ash Creek to Verde River
This trip takes you down picturesque Ash Creek, a tributary to the East Verde River. Ash Creek flows through a small, but rugged canyon with an abundance of vegetation and fifty foot high cliffs. Portions of the creek provide year-round water source for wildlife. The road makes several water crossings. During the warmer months, we can stop for a pleasant dip in the awesome pools of the East Verde River. The swimming hole offers white boulders, waterfalls and deep, cool pools. This is a special place for the adventurous heart.

Hagler Creek Tour
We will leave Payson and head East to the old Colcord Road and then we will head on down the Cumberland Trail to Young Arizona. Turning off of the Cumberland Trail your guide will take you on a back road most 4×4’s only do once. Meandering down this wonderful old road will bring us to the pristine Hagler Creek. At this spot you will note beautiful deep pools and a dense evergreen forest. This is where the last of the large Ponderosa Pine still inhabit (Some 300 + years). Next, we will depart the vehicle and hike up Hagler Creek Canyon enjoying the wonderful Aquarian area. We will hike to an abandoned Gold mine. This trip is a full three hours.

Top of the Moggolon Rim Tour
This trip travels to the top of the Mogollon Rim on State Highway 260, then takes the Rim Road (Forest Road 300) west, following the route of the historic General Crook Trail. You will hear about the history of the Mogollon Rim and walk part of the Famous Wagon Train Trail. The route takes side trips to Woods Canyon Lake, and to a spectacular viewpoint on the end of Promontory Point. From the top of Promontory Point a person can see 130 miles on a clear day! This trip can only be taken during the warmer months of the year, as the road is closed due to snow and mud during the wintertime.

Metate Canyon
A metate is a groove worn into flat rock surface by the actions of early American Indian’s grinding nuts and grains between stones. Metate Canyon has numerous examples of these along the tops of cliffs at the edge of the canyon. This trip visits 800 year old Indian ruins and a long abandoned gold panner’s cabin. This is an excellent trip for you if you’re interested in a true adventure tour. Portions are very tight and brushy. Riders will want to keep a sharp lookout for “hostile” tree branches!

3-4 Hour Trips

Crackerjack Mine – Doll Baby Loop
This trip is for folks who want a good overall view of the wild country north and west of Payson. This scenic 4X4 trip makes numerous water crossings, passes a gold mine, traverses deep canyons, provides sixty-mile vistas and a spectacular view of Milk Ranch Point. Riders will visit the historic Cracker Jack mine, a gold mine that was active from 1880 to 1957. Leaving the Cracker Jack mine, the 4X4 road becomes very scenic, with panoramic views of the Mazatal Wilderness Area. The tour crosses the East Verde River the last item at the historic Doll Baby Ranch.

4-5 Hour Trips

The Young Trail
This trip is a favorite for folks who are interested in the history of the young/Pleasant Valley area, the site of the Graham-Tewksberry Feud, which lasted from 1887 to 1892. The route follows the old Chamberlain Trail across Haigler Creek Canyon to Young. It includes a stop at the historic Antlers Bar before returning to Payson. It includes pine forests, deep canyons and big views. This tour passes over some of the most beautiful ranch land in Arizona.

All Day Trips

Across the Rim Road
This trip travels the entire length of the Rim Road across the top of the Mogollon Rim. We travel east from Strawberry following the historic General Crook Trail. The views from the edge of the Rim are absolutely spectacular. The old 1880s wagon roads can still be clearly seen in places. There are numerous viewpoints and historic points of interest along the route. We have lunch at the half waypoint. This trip can only be taken during the warmer months of the year as the forest road is closed due to snow during Winter.

This is a true adventure along a dense forest trail. The route used is sponsored by the Rim Country 4 Wheelers. The road was once closed because it was too challenging for the average four-wheeler. Along the way you will be treated to wonderful views of Diamond Point and the Mogollon Rim. Once we’ve traversed the most challenging 4X4 portion, the tour will continue up Diamond Point. There, we’ll stop and try our luck at finding Quartz.

Rock Art Ranch
This a 1880 Ranch that was part of the old Hashkife Cattle Company. (Zane Gray wrote a book “The Hash Knife Outfit”) In fact they have the last remaining bunkhouses of the Hashknife Outfit. The ranch itself is still a working cattle ranch and has one of the finest pioneer, cowboy and Anasazi museums in the Southwest. The ranch also has canyon filled with petroglyphs. The archaeologists have studied these petroglyphs and noted they are some of the most unusual in the southwest.


Mescal Ridge Trail Hike
This is a beautiful hike right out of the pages Arizona Ames of Zane Grey. “Mescal ridge was high and long and winding and rough, yet its crest curved gracefully, open and bare, covered by many acres of silver grass, where flourished abundantly the short, spiked, pale green clusters of cactus – mescal, which gave the ridge its name.” The trek is for the above average hiker. The trail starts out by crossing Tonto Creek and climbing 1000 feet to the top of Mescal Ridge. The hike continues along Mescal Ridge to wonderful overlooks of Hellsgate Wilderness..

Donahue Trail Hike
This beautiful trail was built in 1880 to reach ranches at the base of the Mogollon Rim. The trail starts in a forest of Ponderosa Pine, Alligator Juniper and Live Oak. Within a 1/2 mile, the trail travels out of the forest canopy onto the Highline Trail. The surface of the trail now becomes littered with moderate sized pieces of basalt (volcanic rock) that has broken off from Milk Ranch Point above. The Donahue trail veers north off the Highline Trail and climbs steeply up Milk Ranch Point. This part of the trail is rough from years of erosion. The trails crests the hill atop Milk Ranch Point with spectacular views of the city of Pine, the Mazatal Mountains, the Sierra Ancha Mountains and Mount Ord. This hike is for the above average hiker. Access to the Donahue Trail can also be made from the top of Milk Ranch Point. This route is less strenuous.

Diamond Point Trail Hike & 4×4 tour
This is for the above average hiker! The trail starts on an old road just east of Star Valley. The trek traverses Lion Springs Draw and winds through dense forest of Ponderosa Pine, Alligator Juniper, Arizona Oak and Pinion Pine. After about 1/2 mile, the trail joins an old dirt road on the way to Diamond Springs. At Diamond Springs, there are some of the largest Alligator Juniper this writer has even seen. At the dirt road’s end, a hiking trail takes us to the top of Diamond Point (elevation 6380 feet). At this point, there is an old cave to explore and then a leisurely return.

Safety Tips While On A Jeep Tour

The weather in the mountains can change very rapidly. It can be blistering hot one minute, cold and raining the next. Most jeeps will be able to put a canvas up to still allow you to see outside while blocking any light rain or wind.

Don’t forget a hat, dark glasses and sunscreen… the summer sun can be intense at the higher elevations. In addition, it is a good idea to wear good walking shoes, a jacket, and bring long pants with you.

With jeep tours the drivers and trail leaders will be trained in first aid and will carry a radio to quickly call for assistance if needed.

Many of these jeep tours will provide food and drink but don’t forget to stay hydrated, dehydration in the heat is a serious matter that needs to be avoided at all costs.

Everything You Need To Know About Payson, Arizona

Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United State nestled among the majestic mountains of the Mogollon Rim-a 7,000-foot, 200-mile-long escarpment. It’s location puts it very near to the geographic center of Arizona earning the name “The Heart of Arizona”. The town is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and has many outdoor activities year round, including jeep tours. Ninety-seven percent of the land around Payson is under the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service because of this National Forest which allows you to go hiking, horseback riding, fishing or hunting.

Payson has two large parks, Green Valley Park and Rumsey Park, along with two small lakes which are part of the Urban Fish Program. Known for its rodeo, Payson is home to the oldest continuous rodeo in the world. Although Payson is a modern town with an array of first-class accommodations, dining, and shopping opportunities, it also boasts a downtown main street rich in Western Heritage, featuring art galleries, antique stores, and first-rate restaurants. Complete with a casino, museums and other attractions, there is something for everyone in Payson.

Residents like to brag that their town is situated in one of only three, pure air ozone belts in the world. Payson, Arizona is conveniently located 90 minutes north of Phoenix, and 90 minutes south of Flagstaff, in the center of the state, on Highway 87 too.

Whilst temperatures do reach the high 80s (26°C – 31°C) and low 90s (32°C – 35°C) in summer, the town’s altitude keeps it protected from the 100+ temperatures found at Arizona’s lower elevations.

Climate data for Payson, Arizona
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 77
Average high °F (°C) 54.4
Average low °F (°C) 25.3
Record low °F (°C) −8
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.33
Average snowfall inches (cm) 4.8
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 inch) 6.4 5.9 7.0 3.9 3.1 2.2 9.6 10.6 6.5 4.7 4.5 5.1 69.5
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 inch) 1.7 1.3 1.7 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.7 1.2 7.4
Source: NOAA



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