Welcome to Visit Payson.org
- An Unofficial Visitors Guide to Payson, Arizona
Founded in 1882, Payson, Arizona is a great Arizona
getaway in Arizona's famous Mogollon Rim Country and it is almost
exactly in the geographic center of Arizona. Whether you are looking
for a place to spend some time relaxing on vacation, or just taking
a trip for the day to a beautiful and peaceful destination - Payson,
AZ is just the place. Click
for a Slide Show Tour of Downtown Payson. Within this site you
will find some places that Payson, Arizona locals and regular visitors
Historic Main Street in Payson, AZ
Payson has many unique hotels, motels, inns, bed and
breakfast’s (b&b's), vacation rentals, restaurants, shops,
attractions and more. It is located just a little over an hour from
Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and Mesa. With an elevation of almost
5,000 feet, it is also known for its beautiful panoramic views and
ever-expanding recreational opportunities and spectacular scenery.
Ninety-seven percent (97%) of the surrounding land is either under
the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service (Tonto National
Forest) or tribal land.
The first rodeo in Payson was held in
1884 and they consider their rodeo the "world's oldest continuous"
as it has been held every year since. In September it is the site
annual Arizona State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest. The
Payson area is also a popular destination for rockhounds where quartz,
geodes, agate, and onyx can be found. We hope you will consider
Payson for your next vacation.