Payson and the Rim Country is an explorer’s paradise.  Complete with outdoor recreation that is rivaled by very few tourist destinations, Payson has something for everyone.  Below you will find links to several other points of interest that should definitely be on your list of things to do when you come to visit Payson.

Hike up to Railroad Tunnel

Back in the early 1880s, railroad entrepreneurs came up with a plan to transport the rich silver ore from Globe up to the newly opened Atlantic and Pacific line in Flagstaff.  One slight problem: the route would have to cross the rugged Mogollon Rim.  Plans to conquer the Mogollon Rim by the railroad, reached the end of the line 70 feet inside this tunnel. 

Relax in the Verde Hot Springs

 Hike along the Verde River to a natural hot springs. Two pools of water built on the side of a mountain, which used to be a resort years ago. The outside pool is about 95 degrees and the pool inside the rock hut is well over 100 degrees. This place is good for a day hike or even an overnight pack trip. There are some good campsites along the trail to the hot springs.

Look for Crystals on Diamond Point

Diamond Point Lookout is a great place to walk around and see if you can find Diamond Quartz Crystals.  Smaller pieces are exposed to the surface after a heavy rain and are easy to find.  Diamond Point Lookout offers panoramic views of the valley below.

Enjoy the Natural Springs at Fossil Creek

OFFICIAL NOTICE: The Fossil Creek 708 Road (Strawberry access) will be closed 5 miles from Highway 87 through April 2013.  The Fossil Springs trailhead remains open year round and access into lower Fossil Creek from Camp Verde is open. 

Expansive cottonwoods and other trees provide a canopy of shade over Fossil Creek near Strawberry.  Fossil Creek may harbor the finest set of natural springs in Arizona. They pump thousands of gallons of crystal-clear, 72-degree water every minute, water that now flows unrestricted 14 miles into the Verde River.

Go Hiking with the Llamas at Fossil Creek Llama Ranch

Since the time of the Incas, llamas have patiently carried their packs across some of the roughest terrain in the world. Today, as the effects of increased recreation on our public lands become more evident, llamas have emerged as preferred pack animals when surefootedness and minimal impact are necessary. 

Go Horseback Riding on a Trail Ride in the Cool Rim Country of Payson, Pine and Strawberry, Arizona!

Gentle Hands Equine Center At Betsy Ross Acres Training and Farrier Service, Horseback Trail Rides in Strawberry, Arizona

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Payson, AZ 85541  |  928-472-5110

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