The trail conditions in the Rim Country can range from easy to very difficult.  A trailing experience can include anything from the fulfilling opposition of steep grades and heavy brush, to the exciting discovery of spectacular scenic views and peaceful seclusion from the pressures and congestion of society.


Exploring a trail in the forest can be both relaxing and exhilarating, and sometimes even dangerous. With summer temperatures averaging in the mid 90s throughout most of the forest, no trail adventures should be made without the appropriate precautionary measures. Make sure that you have an adequate supply of drinking water, as well as a general idea of the time needed to complete the trip. It's also a good idea to take someone with you. You can run into trouble on any adventure and sometimes the best defense is a partner or group. Remember to be safe when trailing and avoid unnecessary danger in all forms.

Payson Area Road Cycling System (PARCS)

View our map of road cycling areas in Payson. 

Payson Area Trails System (PATS)

PATS is an interior trail system that connects to specific Forest Service roads and trails on Payson’s periphery, providing a more rustic trail-user experience. 

Hiking & Biking Around The Rim & Surrounding Wilderness Areas

Payson is surrounded by three National Forest areas and has a collection of nearly 900 miles of National Forest System Trails. Their primary purpose is to provide a variety of opportunities for hikers, bikers, and equestrians to enjoy the beauty and challenge of nature. 

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Payson, AZ 85541  |  928-472-5110

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