Destination guide

Payson—the heart of Arizona

Located in the center of Arizona, Payson’s picturesque setting has made it a popular retreat for nature enthusiasts and avid outdoorsmen. Tonto National Park envelops the town, providing the perfect location for hiking, biking, bird-watching, and more, while the enviable range of rock formations and natural landmarks within its grounds offer unforgettable views and jaw-dropping photo ops. Central Payson vacation rentals are plentiful in supply, so the scenery will be right on your doorstep; after all, 97% of the land around the town is owned by the United States Forest Service.

Things to do

Payson rocks

Millions of years of geological processes have led to the formation of a number of notable geographical features near Payson. Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest organic travertine bridge in the world; it rises up to 183 feet from the ground and covers a 400-foot-long tunnel. An assortment of trails allow you to view this wonder from different vantage points. The Mogollon Rim, a slope formed from volcanic and sedimentary rock, is also well worth a visit, particularly in fall, when the lush pine foliage takes on vivid autumnal hues.


Summer nights in Payson

The warm summer evenings in Payson are an ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors, and the Payson Summer Concert series lets you do just that. People gather beneath the setting sun in Green Valley Park to listen to the best local bands and musicians from Rim Country; as the sunlight dims and the twinkling of the stars takes its place, you can curl up on a blanket with someone special, listening to everything from classic rock and country to ‘50s showbands and a-cappella groups. These concerts take place every Saturday in June and July and are the perfect wind-down after a long day.


The forecast in Payson

The 4 distinct seasons in Payson offer conditions to suit all tastes, so Payson vacation rentals are worth checking out all year round. In winter, snow on The Rim adds a scenic beauty to the view from your patio, while the spring climate can offer some spectacular vistas of the flowers coming into bloom. Summer is both the hottest and wettest season, with averages reaching the 90s in July. For the best availability of Payson vacation rentals, consider the sunny fall months. September temperatures reach 80°F and local plant life is bursting with golds, oranges, and browns.

Natural features

Payson’s pathbreaking appeal

The wilderness around Payson makes it ideal for hikes, a pastime that’s facilitated by the array of different trails available. The Sierra Ancha Wilderness Trails have paths that cater to all ages and experience levels, and they’re just a short drive from most central Payson vacation rentals. This 20,850-acre expanse is made up of rugged cliffs, sweeping box canyons, and pine-covered ridges, while a large variety of plants and animals abound. These range from desert natives to species found at 8,000-foot elevations, a sign of the unparalleled diversity on display.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Payson

Fly into Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), the closest airport, located 54.5 mi (87.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Payson?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 169 vacation rentals near Payson. From 104 Cabins to 44 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Payson for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Payson?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Payson:

  • Troon North: 434 vacation rentals
  • Desert Ridge: 701 vacation rentals
  • Christopher Creek: 19 vacation rentals
  • Kierland: 732 vacation rentals
  • Carefree Arizona: 43 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Payson?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Payson. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mazatzal Casino: 147 vacation rentals
  • Payson Golf Course: 144 vacation rentals
  • Kierland Commons: 2,337 vacation rentals
  • Grayhawk Golf Club: 5,851 vacation rentals
  • Tonto Natural Bridge State Park: 132 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Payson listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Payson?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 104 Cabins in Payson. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Payson include:

  • Houses: 44 rentals available
  • Cottages: 104 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 104 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Payson?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Payson. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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