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Guesthouse in Payson
R & R Casita
This charming private cottage in the cool Payson pines is perfect for your mountain getaway! You'll be able to relax and unplug in this quiet neighborhood that feels secluded -but is close to everything in town. Wake up to beautiful mountain views (and maybe even grazing elk!) from your private backyard. Climbing the hill is at your own risk. Flexible studio layout with queen bed, pull-out sofa, bathroom, desk, and full kitchen! Massive driveway can accommodate 3+ cars or even boats/RVs.
$85 per night
Chalet in Payson
Romantic Chalet near East Verde River
You won't be roughing it when you stay at our charming rock covered chalet located on two acres with fabulous views. Enjoy the new custom kitchen with quartz counter tops and new soft close cabinetry. There is a jetted tub in the bathroom and a hot tub on the deck to recover from scenic hikes in the area.. There is a short trail to the river for swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking. Whether it be for fun, adventure or can find it here.
$139 per night
Cottage in Payson
Green Valley Cottage
Cozy, tranquil cottage across the street from Green Valley Park. Recently updated, clean attractive home. Within walking distance of restaurants, museum, shops and more. Well equipped kitchen and a gas grill on back patio. Coffee, tea, and light breakfast supplies always stocked. Come enjoy beautiful Payson, relax on the front and back patios or curl up in the recliner with a good book or a movie.
$118 per night

Stay near Payson's top sights

Tonto National Forest32 locals recommend
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park164 locals recommend
Walmart Supercenter20 locals recommend
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino29 locals recommend
Green Valley Park32 locals recommend
Rumsey Park11 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Payson

Cabin in Pine
Spacious 2-Bedroom Cabin & Loft with NFL Ticket
$146 per night
Cabin in Payson
Top of the Rim Cabin + Tree House, Amazing Views!
$171 per night
Apartment in Payson
Sleepy Hollow Escape (11am In > 1pm Out)
$145 per night
Tiny home in Pine
Tiny House- Big Deck Studio in cool Pine AZ
$111 per night
Cabin in Pine
Entire Cabin! Big Style, Big Views, Great Location
$152 per night
Cabin in Pine
Simply Wonderful...Remodeled Pine Cabin
$158 per night
Cabin in Pine
Wonderful Rustic 2 BR 1 BA Cabin In Pine AZ.
$97 per night
Cabin in Payson
Hillside Log Cabin - Near Pine, Water Wheel
$207 per night
Cabin in Pine
Modern Rustic Pet Friendly Cabin
$169 per night
Cabin in Strawberry
Get away to Rim Country in Strawberry / Pine
$92 per night
Cabin in Payson
Cozy Cottage
$126 per night
Guest suite in Pine
Mountain Air Retreat
$110 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Payson

Total rentals

140 properties

Rentals with dedicated workspaces

70 properties have a dedicated workspace

Pet-friendly rentals

60 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

110 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

5.2K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$40 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Payson


Founded as a rodeo town in the 1880s, Payson sits smack-dab in the heart of Arizona, in a region known by many as Rim Country, or simply, The Rim, thanks to its proximity to the Mogollon Rim. The rugged landscape along the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau comprises a majestic sprawl of grasslands and pine forests. The Rim rises 7,000 feet above sea level, and communities like Payson are nestled in the valleys below. Back in the day, the valleys were a natural draw for cowboys and ranchers looking to live off the land and stave off modern trappings. And for a long time, they succeeded. Because of its remote location in the Tonto Basin, Payson remained isolated for much of the early 20th century. Perhaps that’s how this unique town has managed to preserve its colorful Western heritage. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that a modern highway connected Payson to civilization, but the frontier traditions remained. Payson is still a rodeo town: Every year since 1884 it has hosted a rodeo, now known as the oldest continuous rodeo in the world.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Payson

Payson’s location in the American Southwest means it’s vulnerable to climate extremes year-round. Early-summer drought and late-summer rainfall are both common, and even monsoons can gather in the summer months, dumping heavy rainfall. Summer temperatures can reach as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, though nightfall brings relief, with temperatures dropping down into the 50s. Winter is fairly mild, with daytime temperatures reaching the 50s, but winter nights are cold, often dipping into the 20s or teens. Snow is uncommon and melts quickly under the Arizona sun. Spring and fall are beautiful seasons to stay in one of the area’s cabins, as they bring fresh growth to the vast landscape. Temperatures during spring and fall can vary drastically, so visitors should plan to dress in layers to stay comfortable.

Top things to do in Payson

Tonto Natural Bridge

Payson is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, which offers scores of trails to choose from, but few sights rival the Tonto Natural Bridge. Known as the world’s largest natural travertine bridge, it spans 150 feet, and its apex rises 183 feet above Pine Creek.

Mazatzal Wilderness

Translating to “the place with many deer” in the dialect of the Native Americans who settled here so long ago, Mazatzal encompasses more than 252,000 acres of the Tonto and Coconino National Forests, just 20 miles southwest of Payson. Wildlife abounds — and not just deer. Bears, mountain lions, and hundreds of species of birds are all protected here.

Railroad Tunnel Trail

Though railroads never did reach Payson in the railway boom of the late 19th century, you can hike to their ruins. About one hour and 20 minutes north of Payson is Railroad Tunnel Trail (#390), which leads to a large excavation hole in the Mogollon Rim where track was meant to be laid.

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