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Charming Log Cabin on Beautiful Tonto Creek

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Payson Cabin Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom/ 2 bath, sleeps 9

You will always feel at home at Rancho Tonto Cabin nestled below the Magnificent Mogollon Rim. Located just 2 miles off Hwy. 260 and the Fish Hatchery Rd., just 17 miles east of Payson. Rancho Tonto Cabin is surrounded by natural beauty at 6200 feet elevation. Our scenic creeks and nearby lakes beckon you to fish, hike or just relax under sunny skies and starlit nights.

There are many wonderful activities right at your door. Fishing in our stocked trout pond, scenic hikes, wild flowers, fossils and enjoying drives along the Rim Rd., with its panoramic views are a few ways to soak up the relaxing area.

Wild game such as turkey, elk, deer, coyote and bear are often spotted in the forest. Children love wading in the creek or they may delight in horseback riding nearby. Cross country skiing and snow shoeing are also close by. We are only 2 miles to Zane Grey's former cabin site and the state fish hatchery.

Comfortable accommodations await you at Rancho Tonto Cabin.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Brenda Slapnicka
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2016
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About Brenda Slapnicka

The Slapnickas moved from Scottsdale to this mountain Community in 1999 to raise their two children. In addition to starting up Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout, a family fishing bussiness Randy & Brenda own two local restaurants. Randy also sales Real Estate for Keller Williams and Brenda is a local Yoga Instructor and Therapist.

Brenda Slapnicka purchased this cabin in 1999

Why Brenda Slapnicka chose Arizona

The Slapnicka's discovered Rancho Tonto in the late 1990's and fell in love with this beautiful piece of property. After much consideration they decided to purchase the property which needed much work and make it into a fishing business. A place for individuals and families to come have fun and build fishing memories. The Slapnicka' renovated the property which included two homes and make one of these homes their full time residence and the other home is used as a nightly rental for all to enjoy.

What makes this cabin unique

Rancho Tonto is the original homestead of Sam Haught, Zane Greys Hunting and fishing Guide. A beautiful Oasis in the middle of Tonto National Forest.


based on 11 traveler reviews

Charming Log Cabin on Beautiful Tonto Creek
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews

First Class Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful weekend get -away. Property was amazing and cabin was in excellent condition. Brenda and Randy were gracious hosts, thanks guys. Watching children from our porch catching fish in the trout pond was a special treat you can’t experience anywhere else. Wish we could have stayed longer, will definitely be heading back.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A Perfect Stay and a Perfect Wedding

  • 5 of 5

This review is LONG overdue. My husband and I got married in September 2015. We had our wedding and reception at Catch-A-Trout. We also had the pleasure of staying in the cabin for three nights.

Planning a wedding from 3 hours away isn’t easy, so it’s not a surprise that there were a few miscommunications in regard to some of the details, especially because so many parties were involved (my mom, my dad, me, and Brenda and Randy-the owners). However, once we all got on the same page, everything worked out to our advantage.

When we arrived at the cabin, Randy and Brenda were very accommodating. They explained where we could park (right by the cabin), and allowed us to use their extra refrigerator for the food we were preparing for the wedding. The cabin was fully stocked with just about anything and everything we needed including an extensive about of kitchen necessities. The cabin was clean and beautiful. The internet and cell phone reception is a little spotty, but it is everywhere in that area of Payson. Randy and Brenda were available for us for anything we needed and made sure that we were satisfied with our stay.

During our stay, a young girl was injured by a boy on the premises. Her parents blamed Catch-A-Trout for the injury, but since we were able to see everything outside our cabin window I can say that Catch-A-Trout had absolutely nothing to do with the injury, which was as I previous stated, caused by a malicious little boy instead of the campus. Before the wedding, Randy mowed the grass and cleaned up the already beautiful property so that it would be picture perfect for our wedding. During our wedding, Randy and Brenda checked in to help us with anything we needed (this was an early morning, weekday wedding and they were still willing to accommodate us) and allowed us to enjoy the celebration with our guests, although we invited them several times to join us because we appreciated the treatment they gave us.

Randy and Brenda take a lot of pride in their campus and the work they have put into it, and they expect their guests to do the same. Knowing the work they put into Catch-A-Trout, my family did our best to respect their property and encourage our guests to do the same (although I believe our guests still could have been more respectful of the beauty of the property and the residents of the cabin-which was my family, but that’s on us and not on Catch-A-Trout). If a family is willing to respect the property and all it has to offer, thi

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome log cabin on Tonto Creek

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at this beautiful cabin for 3 straight years. The owners are the nicest people and their cabin is exactly as described. The property is always clean and the grounds are perfectly maintained, a true Shangri-La. The location is perfect, away from the hustle and bustle of the world but close to restaurants in Christopher Creek or Kohl's Ranch, if you choose not to cook in the well equipped kitchen or outside grill. The location is perfect if you wish to fish in the pond just outside the the cabin doorsteps, visit Zane Gray's cabin, Tonto Fish Hatchery or its a short drive to the top of the rim. The grounds are right next to Tonto Creek and have a beautiful ramada and fire pit area. I highly recommend this beautiful cabin.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Amazing cabin, property and location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five (3 kids --ages 13, 11 and 11) have been vacationing in this area of Payson for the last five years because the location is amazing. This is the first time we have stayed at the Rancho Tonto cabin and our kids definitely voted it the best ! The cabin is very clean and roomy with all the amenities you will need. The grounds are spectacular and very well maintained. The owners are helpful and welcoming. The fire pit was perfect for roasting hot dogs and s'mores after a long day of exploring the waterfalls and rim lakes---only short drives away. Kids of any age will have something to keep them busy on this property. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A little bit of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This is our fourth or fifth year at Tonto Rancho. Our family looks forward to going to the cabin every year. Brenda and Randy are amazing, Welcoming, and gracious hosts. The kids love catching fish and cleaning them. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and the cabin is so very comfortable. We love the hiking, the creek and just having fun! you won't find a more wonderful vacation home!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

The location of the cabin was beautiful. We had 4 children in our group and there was plenty of room for them to run and play outside.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Tonto Creek FIsh Hatchery
Horton Creek Trailhead
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kohl's Ranch ZG Saloon
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
East of Payson on HWY 260
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kohls Ranch ZG Restaurant

Located 2 miles North of Kohl's Ranch. Near Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery directly on Tonto Creek.


Rates & Availability

Payson Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75

30 day cancellation policy.

One night deposit due upon confirmation. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Payson Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
  • Family room features a queen size sofa sleeper.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing

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