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Vacation rentals in Payson

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R & R Casita
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Entire guesthouse · 3 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
R & R CasitaThis 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 back yoga patio -- supplies included! Flexible studio layout with queen bed, pull-out sofa, bathroom, desk, and full kitchen! Massive driveway can accommodate 3+ cars or even boats/RVs. Namaste!
Kachina Casa
Entire chalet · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath
Kachina CasaA wonderful Chalet in the mountains at 5000’. Run away from the heat in Phoenix or come for winter fun. The A-Frame is two stories with 800 square feet of living space, not large but cute and charming. There is a narrow spiral staircase to the upstairs bedroom. Yes, the house is dog friendly.
Charming Chalet by the River
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Entire chalet · 4 guests · 8 beds · 1 bath
Charming Chalet by the RiverYou 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 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 romance...you can find it here.

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    The Lone Pine Cottage
    $75 per night
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    Pinon Pine- 2 Bedroom Fully Fenced Home
    $150 per night
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    The Lost Pueblo Suite
    $95 per night
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    Private retreat with views views views
    $75 per night
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    Perfectly located Guesthouse in Payson
    $92 per night
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    Easy Goin Cabin - Huge Porch, Pet Friendly, Office
    $101 per night
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    Trails End at the Kardia Tree
    $95 per night
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    NEW! Peaceful ‘Payson North’ Retreat w/ Fire Pit!
    $142 per night
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    Green Valley Park Family Retreat
    $105 per night
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    Main Street Bungalow #3
    $110 per night
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    Main Street Bungalow #2
    $90 per night
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    Rim View Lodge
    $85 per night

Your guide to Payson

All About 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.


How do I get around Payson?

The closest major international airport to Payson is Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), just over 80 miles from town. Payson also has its own airport (PJB) but it doesn’t traditionally serve commercial airlines. Once you are in town, having a car is a must for navigating the area, though Payson does have a public bus system. The Beeline Bus, named after the nearby Beeline Highway, serves two routes around town, which terminate in the town of Star Valley to the east and in Mesa Del Caballo to the north.


When is 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, bringing 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.


What are the 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.