Not to be missed, each Fall and Spring the Club holds the Wine in the Pines tasting event. Extraordinary wines, great prices, spectacular food, and camaraderie round out an enjoyable evening.
There is an active group of Bridge players in The Rim and Chaparral Pines. Duplicate Bridge is played every Friday. Between 36-50 Chapparel Pines, Rim Club and Payson residents comprise this friendly group of players that play for four hours in a non sanctioned bridge format. Individuals and couples are encouraged to join. There are also refresher or get reacquainted Bridge Classes Mondays on an as requested basis. For more information, send us an email.
Ladies from The Rim and Chaparral Pines meet on Thursdays at Chaparral Pines to play Mah Jong. We welcome newcomers and will teach you if you don't know how to play. Please send us an email if you are interested and we will contact you when our next get together is scheduled.
There are many opportunities to ride horses in Rim country. For boarding, Patterson Training in Star Valley offers good care as well as riding lessons.
If you have your own horse, this is great trail-riding country with access to the Granite Dells or on the Rim. It is strongly recommended that you go with someone familiar with the various trails.
Kohl's Ranch Stables is another trail-riding opportunity offering one and two hour trail rides. This is a great option when the grandchildren visit.
Avid and novice anglers will find many outlets in and around Payson. Whether walking the shore of Green Valley Lake, the Verde River, the Hatchery stream, Kohls Ranch or the Houston Mesa inlets there is fun available. Or you can take a float tube or boat onto regularly stocked Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs lake, Chevlon Lake or several others lakes all within less than a one hour drive of town center. Fly anglers will find the Payson Fly Casters are an active club of several hundred members.
The Rim ladies’ book club meets monthly at 3 pm in the ladies’ locker room on the first Thursday of the month. We read primarily contemporary fiction, but occasionally select a classic or non-fiction book. The discussions are always lively and enlightening. All are welcome any time you can join us. Please send us an email if you are interested in joining us.
The oldest continuous rodeo since 1876 at the Payson Event Center.
Spring Rodeo: May 15-17
Summer Rodeo: August 14-16
Love antique and custom cars, this is the place to see them! The Annual Beeline Cruise-In Car Show is a family-friendly classic car show that is open to the public.
Race over 40 Man-Made and Natural Obstacles including the MOGOLLON RIM WALL – 12 foot high wall made out of pine logs. Get help from your buddy, you will need it.
Tonto Natural Bridge is located in Pine Canyon, a tributary of East Verde River north of Payson.
The Tonto Natural Bridge is formed of travertine making it unique among natural bridges found in the West. Beneath the arch of the bridge are several large caves with stalactites hanging from the roof and stalagmites rising from the floor.
The authentic replica of the Zane Grey Cabin is a tribute to the Father of the Western Novel who penned more than 60 books (13 in the Rim Country) and hundreds of short stories about the great American West.
In the geographic center of Arizona lies the “Rim Country,” so named by the overwhelming presence of the Mogollon Rim. The Rim is an escarpment 7,000 feet plus that presents a dramatic drop of over 2000 feet to the communities below. It is covered in forest and grass land, and has been the home to Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers, farmers, hunters, fishermen, and nature lovers for centuries. It is a land of extreme beauty, natural endowments, and historical significance.
The Payson Area Trails System (PATS) consists of almost 40 miles of USFS trails on the periphery of Payson interconnected with detached pathways and routes adjacent to Payson neighborhoods. The Payson Packers is a local group that meets every week and hikes all over the Rim Country. They do different levels of hiking so everyone is invited.
Tonto National Monument is located south of Payson on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert ecoregion. Well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. The Lower Cliff Dwelling is open year-round. The Upper Cliff Dwelling is accessible by guided tour only from January through April. The Visitor Center offers a great introduction to the people and way of life that occupied this area 700 years ago. For more information, visit the Guided Tours page.
40 Stalls of AZ organically grown produce, free range beef, fresh baked goods & artisan foods of all kinds, both ready to eat and take home. Kids events, local artists and live entertainment. Fun for the whole family!
Saturdays 8-12, May 23 - September 12
The Payson Airport is a gateway for tourists and business visitors to the Rim Country. The airport is designed to accommodate piston engine aircraft, turboprop aircraft, and small business jet aircraft. The asphalt-paved runway is 5,504 feet long and 75 feet wide. There is also a 50 x 50 feet concrete helipad.
A variety of 25 different food trucks will fill Green Valley Park. Enjoy this festival atmosphere with live bands, beer garden, life size jenga, a corn hole tournament, fly a kite or toss around the football - this event is for you so have FUN!!!