Payson, Tonto Natural Bridge, Kohl's Ranch, Christopher Creek, and Woods Canyon Lake

Payson, Arizona

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Beginning with Payson, this excursion features a scenic Arizona highway, elegant in every season. You’ll cross the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, enter the Tonto National Forest, climb through the Mazatal Mountains, and ultimately experience the carved cliffs and dramatic landscape of the Mogollon Rim country. This is an excellent summer getaway and a “must-see” in the autumn. In winter, you’ll see cars loaded with ski equipment as families head for the Sunrise ski area. Your main destination is Payson, considered the “Festival Capital” of Arizona. Payson can thank Zane Grey and Grizzly Adams for some of its fame, but nobody can beat Mother Nature for good press. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Phoenix. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Payson, Tonto Natural Bridge, Kohl's Ranch, Christopher Creek, & Woods Canyon Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Beginning with Payson, this excursion features a scenic Arizona highway, elegant in every season. You’ll cross the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, enter the Tonto National Forest, climb through the Mazatal Mountains, and ultimately experience the carved cliffs and dramatic landscape of the Mogollon Rim country. This is an excellent summer getaway and a “must-see” in the autumn.

In winter, you’ll see cars loaded with ski equipment as families head for the Sunrise ski area. Your main destination is Payson, considered the “Festival Capital” of Arizona. Payson can thank Zane Grey and Grizzly Adams for some of its fame, but nobody can beat Mother Nature for good press. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Phoenix. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Payson
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Payson, Tonto Natural Bridge, Kohl's Ranch, Christopher Creek, & Woods Canyon Lake

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May 2018