Payson Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui
  • Things to Do
    by Yaqui

Payson Things to Do

  • Mogollon Rim Views

    From the observation deck towards the back of the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center you will discover some fantastic views. There is a plaque with the names of each the mountain range.

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  • Mogollan Rim Visitor's Center

    Located right on the ridge of the Mogollon Rim, the Mogollon Visitor Center looks like a old miners cabin. You must visit the back patio to take in the spectacular views of the mountain ranges and from here you can see barely the Mogollon Rim through the thick pine trees. Inside the visitor center is loads of educational information of the local...

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  • Mogollan Rim~Muggy-own”

    Originally called by locals, Muggy-own. Yet, they name comes from Spanish governor of New Mexico Ignacia Flores Mogollan. Its 200 miles long wall of ridged rocks that were formed from flooding and erosion during the Mesozoic age and It extends through Coconino, Tonto, Sitegreves National Forest and White Mountain Apache Reservation. It's a area...

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  • View Points 3 & 4

    If you do not want to take on the trail, there are some fantastic view points and are accessible for those with disabilities. It has a very nice guard rail too. Here you can get some nice photographs and see the natural bridge. You can even see to the bottom of creek that flows under the bridge.

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  • Gowan Trail

    When we were visiting, we decided to take on the Gowan Trail, but it was during a time this area was being hit with thunderstorms. We made an attempt, but by the time we were half way down, we were sliding around dangerously because of the wet slippery soil and just about everyone else who was trying to make it back up were struggling too. So we...

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  • Tonto Natural Bridge

    Geology is estimated, that the formation of the bridge took at least 5,000 years and is probably 5,000 years old. The base of the Pine Creek is made of Ryolite lava rock and the top and walls are Travertine which is dissolved limestone. The springs coming out of the aquifers on the east side of the park are heavy with calcium carbonate and form the...

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  • Tonto Natural Bridge Vistor Center

    Built by the Gowan family as a home/lodge they had lived here up to 1948, it now serves as the visitor and gift shop.

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  • Among pines

    View the magnificent beauty of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park with historic structures, trails, viewpoints, and with picnic tables, grills, giftshop, and even portable restrooms.

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  • Tonto Natural Bridge - world's largest...

    Yes, the world's largest travertine bridge can be found just 12 miles north of Payson off Hwy 87. It's an amazing place for hiking trails which are known to be steep and strenuous. There is the hour-long 0.5 mile Pine Trail, the 300 feet Waterfall Trail, the 220 feet Gowan Trail and the 500 ft Anne Mae Trail which leads to the Natural Bridge.We...

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Payson Restaurants

  • Nice Smalltown Cafe

    The Bee Line Cafe has been an institution in Payson for years. It started out as an ice cream parlor and eventually became a full cafe. The menu mostly leans towards sandwiches and soups but there are bigger meals available. The staff was very friendly. (I will expand this tip with more info when I find my notes again). Try the soft serve ice...

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  • Good Chinese Buffet

    The Mandarin House Restaurant is located right next to the Motel 6 where I was staying so I thought it would be a good choice for dinner after a long day of driving, hiking and touring. The building is not very impressive from the outside. Inside the decor was about what you would expect. The hostess was friendly and efficient. I got my plate and...

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  • If you want Chinese food...

    I hear that each chinese food eatery in town here has at least one or two dishes that are yummy... i reckon it's up to you to eat there enough times to find them.... i haven't had the money to do that but what i have tried wasn't great.I think it's just too redneck a town to appreciate good Chinese food. sad... but true. Save your money. Go to...

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Payson Nightlife

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    by thechels Updated Aug 13, 2007

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    I LOVE IT!... I HAD SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN FOR MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IT MAKES ME WANT TO BECOME A FOOTBALL FANATIC!!! WOOHOOO!! ... GO... ..UM.......football?

    Aside from that now.... they have a hotel so you can really stay and play.

    Dress Code: Howeverthehell ya wanna! dadgumit!

    HAVE FUN!!!

    IT'S PAYSON!!!

    AND CHYAAAA DON'T MISS THEIR "PENNY" /& 2cent SLOTS ... WOW!!!!

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Payson Transportation

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    by Maria250 Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    Located in North-Central Arizona, there are plenty of places to stay near Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. For hotels, Payson offers plenty of options. Visitors can also find lodges and cabins for renting nearby, as well as plenty of campsites at state parks and other campground. And at just two hours from Phoenix and Scottsdale, the park is also perfect for a day trip. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is only open on select weekends, so one has to check the official website or call before visiting there.

    ph: 928-476-4202

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Road Trip
    • National/State Park

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Payson Shopping

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    by thechels Written May 23, 2007

    There is a quaint little swiss village in payson that is a must for shoppers and Fudge seekers... Get this... they have sugar free fudge available, too!!!! yummy buy 1 pound get 1/4 pound free... free tastings.

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Payson Local Customs

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    by thechels Written May 23, 2007

    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.

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Payson Warnings and Dangers

  • Payment Options

    Don't expect to be able to use travellers cheques when you fill up with gas! We stopped at a major gas station outside a mall but the staff had to ring the boss to ask about them and then said no! Oddly enough this wasn't the only place in Arizona where we encountered the same problem.

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  • Tonto Natural Bridge SP Warning Signs

    Please obey all warning signs at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. They are there for your safety and to protect the site.

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Payson What to Pack

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    by thechels Written May 23, 2007

    Luggage and bags: The weather can vary sometimes 30+ degrees between night and day. Anywhere from 9 degrees F. in the winter low to 30 degrees F. in the winter high. Anywhere from 40 degrees F. summer low to 80 degrees F. summer high. etc. just be prepared for chilly or warm.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are able to walk you may want to not forget good walking/hiking shoes, the opportunities for scenic hikes/walks is wonderful in and around the payson area.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Like I always say... Always carry a role of toilet paper with you.

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Payson Off The Beaten Path

  • Riding along Arizona's horizon

    The colors are everything you can hope for..I'll be your sun coming upI'll be your dog daysI'll be your new morning..I'll be the bluebird singing..And when the stars are bright like firefliesAnd the night is black as coal..I'm gonna make you mine..On another side of timeBefore the sea runs dryOn another side of timeWhere the love runs high..-H.Nova

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  • One of only (3) pure air ozone belts in...

    "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...

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  • Tonto Natural Bridge SP Viewpoints

    If you cannot go on the Gowan Trail to the bridge itself, there are 4 viewpoints available on the top of the cliff. I liked the view from Viewpoint 1 the best. These are much easier to access.

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Payson Sports & Outdoors

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    by Basaic Written Dec 5, 2008

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    Gowan Trail is a 2200 foot trail down to the natural bridge (and back up). It is very steep and rocky and has several steps. There is a warning sign at the trailhead that says if you have medical problems then reconsider taking the trail. Another warning sign specifically mentioned 1. Heart Problems; 2. Back Problems; 3. Leg Problems; and 4. Resperatory Problems. I have 3 of the 4 but I made it down and back up with no ill effects (I did stop once on the way back up). The view of the natural bridge from the bottom of the trail was worth the effort. So were some of the views along the way.

    Equipment: Good hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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