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Payson City Hiking Trails

Location: Heart of Arizona; 70 miles north-east of Phoenix; 34.239462, -111.327456
Population: 15,300
Weather: Mediterranean climate; on average 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix; July average highs in low 90s
Elevation: 5,000 ft (1,500 m)
Type of hiking: Ponderosa pine forests; rim/cliff and lakes
Other: Rim Country as depicted by Zane Grey; Mogollon Rim to the north, with few nice lakes
Hiking trails in Payson:
260 Trailhead

260 Trailhead

Climb the face of the Mogollon Rim, exposing endless views above the Payson area....
Deer Creek Trail #45

Deer Creek Trail #45

A peaceful, creek canyon trail through the Mazatzal Wilderness....
Drew Canyon Trail #291

Drew Canyon Trail #291

This old pioneer trail built prior to 1909, starts high in the ponderosa pine, firs, and bracke...
Fossil Springs Trail #18

Fossil Springs Trail #18

A "must" for any hiker; this trail takes your from the Rim Country mesas down into a Riparian, ...
Horton Creek Trail #285

Horton Creek Trail #285

The Horton Creek Trail is a gently ascending in-and-out trail to a popular spring....
Rim Top Trail #622

Rim Top Trail #622

A very scenic, flat, mostly paved trail following the rim top. Providing benches along the way ...
See Canyon Trail #184

See Canyon Trail #184

A difficult in and out trail that takes you from the Christopher Creek up to the Old Rim road (...
See Spring Trail #185

See Spring Trail #185

A short in and out trail that can be added to your See Canyon Trail hike!...
Tonto Natural Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge is located in central Arizona near Payson. It is the largest natural Trave...
Woods Canyon Lake Trail

Woods Canyon Lake Trail

A peaceful, easy trail around the Wood Canyon Lake....