Just an hour-and-a-half drive from Phoenix, the Payson area is a popular summer retreat. The Mazatzal Wilderness, one of the largest in the state, bounds the area on the west. Containing the northern half of the Mazatzal Mountains, this craggy range has miles of hiking trails for the backcountry walker. The smaller Hellsgate Wilderness contains Tonto and Haigler Creeks, which form deep, rugged canyons.
Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Clints Well, Blue Ridge, Rock Crossing, Kehl Springs, Knoll Lake, Houston Mesa, Lower Tonto Creek, Upper Tonto Creek, Ponderosa, Christopher Creek, Sharp Creek, Valentine Ridge.
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