Payson Things to Do
When visiting the Payson area, you’ll find historical attractions and some incredible mountain scenery.
Green Valley Park – at the end of Main Street in Payson
Green Valley Park is home to the Rim Country Museum with many historic buildings, including a replica of Novelest Zane Grey’s cabin.
Inside the park you’ll also find the first Ranger Station in this area, the Rim Country Museum Ranger Station and Residence, built in 1907.
The famous Herron Hotel was moved to the grounds and houses many of the displays for the museum.
The park itself features a large grassy area, an ampitheatre, picnic areas, a playground, a memorial to Arizona Veterans and three small lakes with walking paths. The largest lake has fountains in it and is surrounded by beautiful willow trees.
Tonto Natural Bridge – 14 miles northeast of Payson on State Highway 87
The Tonto Natural Bridge is the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. It is a geological marvel at 183 feet high with a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. You can stand on top of it, view it from above or hike to the bottom and explore under the bridge. There are four different trails to hike, all leading to water. The park is surround by national forest.
Mogollon Rim – 32 miles east of Payson via Arizona 260
This spectacular 200-mile-long rim is a steep escarpment at an elevation of 7000+ feet. From the observation deck towards the back of the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center you will enjoy fantastic forested mountain views and a plaque with the names of each the mountain ranges.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Payson, Arizona. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Mogollon Rim was 200 feet long, rather than 200 miles. It has been corrected.
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