Communicate... the natives are friendly
If your lost ... ASK!!! The people are helpful and friendly. Go ahead and strike up that strange conversation with someone you'll probably never see again, while standing in line at wal-mart. It's OKAY!!!Really, the natives are friendly.
One of only (3) pure air ozone belts in the world!
"Payson Arizona is located at the "heart" of Arizona and a pleasant 90-minute drive from the Phoenix metropolitan area, is renowned for its beauty, recreational opportunities and, more recently, its dynamic business environment.
At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the area enjoys a mild four-season climate that attracts international visitors year around. Rich in its Western heritage, Payson, with an average trade area population of some 24,500 - offers the atmosphere of rural America, with the amenities of a metropolis.
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of the majestic Mogollon Rima 7,000-foot, 200 mile long escarpmentPayson is minutes away from the seven Rim Lakes and countless trout streams. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. One of only three pure air ozone belts in the world, Payson sits on the edge of the world's largest stand of ponderosa pine.
Local attractions include the Tonto National Bridge, Shoo-Fly Indian Archaeological Site, Payson Exotic Zoo, Tonto Fish Hatchery, a llama ranch, a town-wide Christmas tree lighting cer-emony, and the new 45-acre Green Valley Park featuring three fishing lakes and space for many recreational activities. Payson also boasts the Recreational Fly-In Campground located at Payson Airport. Arizona's Rodeo Capital, Payson hosts the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in August and the Spring Pro Rodeo in May. Other festivals occur throughout the year, including the Art and Craft shows, the June Bug Blues Festival, and the State Championship Fiddlers Contest in September."
(copied from :Payson Arizona: ERA YOUNG REALTY INVESTMENTS:everything for sale is here." http://www.erarimrealestate.com/html/payson.htmlhttp://www.erarimrealestate.com/html/payson.html )
FYI: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park:
is the WORLD'S LARGEST NATURAL TRAVENTINE BRIDGE! It is 183 feet high, with a 400 foot long tunnel. Provides hiking trails, and ADA view points! for information call: (928) 476-4202
See Historic Main Street
After you stop at the Chamber of Commerce for help with your trip (it's at one end of main street) take the time to drive down Historic Main Street. If the Ox Bow Inn is open, stop there. Historic Main Street ends at Green Valley Park.
Love The Weather of Payson
"morphing into a "Peace Gypsy""
I can vouch for the Matzazal casino... so far... I've had a GREAT TIME IN PAYSON!!! so far....that is ... woohooo!!! ... It is a QUIET SLEEPY SORT OF TOWN. ... you can catch a shuttle here from sky harbor Int'l airport (phoenix) ... for 50$ and it will take about 2 hours. VERY GROOVALISTICALLY kewl! (@around 3 bucks for a gallon of gas) ... ....
Still not bad considering someone else does the driving and pays for the gas.
Or ya'll can rent a car in the valley-return in the valley-(not sure if they "co-link" with any "Enterpise" in the valley or not---- the ONLY CAR RENTAL PLACE I HAVE FOUND IN PAYSON IS ENTERPRISE .. AND YES THEY HAVE WONDERFUL SERVICE... VERY FRIENDLY!!!! for a small deposit and a couple utility bills they won't even require a "r/t airline ticket" orrrrr "real" credit card. Not sure about the age limit... i had that one covered at 32 ... finally... *s*) c... I am traveling the country in a "cabover camper" and a cheapie little "ceramic heater" for 10$ from wal-mart keeps my cat and I PLENTY warm!!! Even when it is only 9 degrees outside!!!!
Now, in the summer time, especially the hot monsoon months of july and august, I am finding almost no need for air conditioning! I don't think it's reached above 100-105 degrees.
There are campgrounds abundant and open camping isn't difficult to find for that "privacy" I crave! the developed campgrounds are very reasonably priced, I think pets are allowed at all of them... watch your pets around WILDLIFE--ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT--E.G. SKUNKS!!! The smell eminates from your beloved pet for over a week i understand!!! ... ewww!!! my camper is just... way tooooo small for "pole cat" smell!!!!
I LOVE PAYSON ... since I am an Arizona native with a WONDERFUL mother who has gallavanted me around all over the state since birth ( Bless her Heart!) .... I can say that CHRISTOPHER CREEK IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE ARIZONA TO GO PLACES!!! ESPECIALLY FOR THE WINTER....( We --my mother and I, used to come here for "special" "occasions" when i was young! --I love to catch snow on my tongue *s**S*)
Most of the "quaint little cabin" getaway places have AWESOME DEALS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS AND MOST HAVE A FULL KITCHEN ANNNNND FIREPLACE with a "private" "porch" ... if you haven't checked out payson Arizona ... DEW IT!!!! IT'S ONLY ABOUT 3 HOURS from the grand canyon... (that's 3 hours --not rushing...hiss booo on the whole "rush" concept, yano... lol) ... .but seriously ... I honestly believe that Payson, Christopher Creek, Jerome, Tuzigoot, etc... are some of THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE BEST WELL KEPT SECRETS OF THE "PHOENIX" VALLEY!!! (psssht... it's where we natives go to GET THE HELL AWAY FROM ALL THE DADGUM CONCRETE---&...[Bull-pucky]!!!!)
Anyway, I will try to keep my "up-north" pages and ventures up-to-date, I am just venturing out on my trek further into Northern Arizona... (again ... am a native so have known it all my life.. and LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMMMIT!!! ... So now I am venturing into unchartered Chelsea-land to explore and discover the beauty that my grandfather loved so much and I never took the time to see or appreciate! ... (On hold for now...)So... keep me in prayer and take it easy ... or any way you can get it ... here in Payson it ain't hard ta find... (As a side note... I haven't gotten anywhere as my stupid stupid ford keeps breaking down *cry* )
Peace ...guidance, and protection
and definitly Cheseaness ....
"The mogollom rim"
a picture of the rim.
"The mogollom rim"
a picture FROM the rim.
Viewpoint 3 & 4 at Tonto Bridge State Park
If you want to see the Tonto Natural Bridge with a minimal of hiking Viewpoint 3 & 4 is where you should head. The last parking lot will put you close to the trail. You will walk across a small creek, one that could be easily overlooked but take note as this same water flows down from the top of Tonto Bridge. If you want to walk to the bottom take the Gowan Trail.
"Top of Tonto Bridge"
From this viewpoint you can view the top of Tonto Bridge and the waterfall. And if you are lucky a rainbow too!
Now that you've seen the top, take the Gowan trail hike to see it up close!