Rim Country is still open, FIND YOUR SUMMER ADVENTURE!


WHERE CAN YOU GO TO GET OUT OF THE HEAT, EVEN THOUGH THE FORESTS ARE CLOSED?

As the mercury climbs in the valley, many people and their families are looking for a reprieve from the sweltering sun. Normally Payson and Arizona’s Rim Country is a great weekend getaway full of camping spots, water fun and trails. However, this year is a little challenging unless you know where to go and what to do.

Your good friends at Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Advantage Realty have compiled a list of things for you to do so that your family can still enjoy the summer and get out of that nasty heat.

Most of the closure is for the area north of Payson and to the southwest of Roosevelt Lake. It is important to note no matter where you go it is very dry and so we ask that you refrain from any sort of fire at this time.

HIKING:

Rim Country is well known for its beautiful hiking trails and many of them are still open.

The Boulders Loop Trail is extremely popular with hikers and mountain bikers due to challenging hills, rocks and washes and gets its name because of the spectacular boulders that are scattered around the hills. Rock‐climbing is also a popular activity. You and your family will enjoy the massive ponderosa pine forest, large out cropping’s of giant boulders and amazing views of the Granite Dells Mountain Range.

Following the trail is easy. It is marked by the “Payson Area Trails System” (PATS) decal. The Boulders Loop is 2.4 miles long and if you choose you can connect to other area trails like the Cypress Trail to make it a longer hike. Level of Difficulty ‐ Moderate

From 87 N (Beeline Highway) to Cypress Trail Access o From Highway 87 & Highway 260 intersection in Payson, turn right (east) and go 0.3 miles to the intersection of Granite Dells Road and Highway 260, right after Safeway. o Turn right and head east on Granite Dells Road 2.0 miles. o A USFS “TRAIL” sign will be visible on your rig

The Monument Peak Trail

The Monument Peak Trail begins as a small quad‐size trail to the north of a large open turn‐around area on the east side of Granite Dells Road, approximately 3.3 miles from the Highway 260/Granite Dells Road intersection.

There is some area for parking, although this area is often muddy. This is an extremely popular route for motorized vehicles, but all trail‐users will enjoy the views.

The Loop Trail follows the base of Monument Peak, covering territory in southeast Payson and the western portion of Star Valley. Users will pass through juniper thickets interspersed with pleasant open meadows, and a large portion of the trail follows a seasonal streambed. There are beautiful views of Monument Peak, especially from the northern portion of the Loop.

Driving Directions From 87 N (Beeline Highway) to Monument Peak Trail o From the Highway 87 & Highway 260 intersection, turn right (east) and head 0.3 miles to Granite Dells Road, past Safeway. o Turn right and head east on Granite Dells Road for 3.3 miles until the open turn‐around area for parking on the east side of Granite Dells Road.

FISHING

If you love to fish and are feeling a sense of longing for your pole, water and a cold drink we just might be able to help you. Rim Country is full of great places to fish, however some of them are very remote and are part of the forest closuers. The following places are open, you just need some gear, a fishing license that you can buy at Big 5 Sporting Goods or Walmart in Payson and access to a lake.

Green Valley Lake

Nestled right in the middle of Town is the Jewel of Payson – Green Valley Park. This 45-acre park has picnic areas, green grass, a band stand that features the Payson Summer Concert Series every Saturday night from 7-9 PM and yes 3 lakes stocked with trout. Green Valley Park is part of Arizona's Urban Fishing Program and is recognized nationally as one of the best in the country. The program is a partnership with the Game and Fish Department and local Parks and Recreation Department to intensively stock and manage the park lake for fishing recreation.

Woods Canyon Lake

If you want to get a little further out of Town, Woods Canyon Lake has always been a favorite and it is open! The Lake is a beautiful, canyon bound, deep lake, with plenty of trout fishing opportunities. At an elevation of 7,510 feet Woods Canyon offers 55 surface acres, and a maximum depth of 40 feet. This lake is stocked regularly with catchable rainbow trout. A few, large brown trout remain in the lake from stockings years ago.

Visitors to Woods Canyon Lake can enjoy a picnic area (fee), restrooms, and a boat ramp. The Woods Canyon Lake Store and Marina rents boats and sells licenses and fishing supplies. Campers can stay at one of four developed campgrounds (fee). Spillway Campground has 26 sites, each accommodating a trailer up to 16 feet long. Due to it’s proximity to the lake, Spillway fills quickly. Aspen Campground, also within walking distance to the lake, is much larger with 136 sites, and can accommodate trailers up to 32 feet long. Woods Canyon Group and Crook Campgrounds offer group camping by reservation.

Arizona fishing regulations apply. All anglers must hold a valid Arizona Fishing License. The daily bag limit is six trout and unlimited Bass and Catfish. Boat motors are restricted to electric motors only.

The Black Mesa Ranger District is a “Pack it in-Pack it out” area. Please remove your garbage from the area when you leave.

Directions, reservations and fees can be found at http://www.recreation.gov/

SITE SEEING

If you are simply looking for a place to go for the weekend or maybe a short-day trip, then you must see the

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

Located about 10 miles north of Payson, this treasure is said to be the largest Travertine Bridge in the World. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. It is surrounded by cool hikes, awesome picnic areas and breathtaking views. The short, but steep Gowan Trail takes you to the base of the spectacle, where there is always water flowing. The bridge is open daily. The entrance fee is $7 for adults, $4 for children 7-13, and free for children under 6. For more info visit https://azstateparks.com/tonto/.

As your official real estate experts in Rim Country we know the area so if you have questions stop by and see us or give us a call. We think you will love the adventures you experience so much that you just might want to stay long term. If that happens we would love to show you around and help you find your dream home in the cool mountain Town of Payson, AZ.

This article has been brought to you by Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Advantage Realty. We’ve been in Rim Country for over 30 years and built a reputation of not only providing great service but helping our clients find the tranquil serenity that only exists in the Mogollon Rim Country. Call us today (928-474-2337) or visit our website (www.paysonarea.com) and join the Adventure Where We Live! Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BHHSAdvantageRealty

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