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East Verde River Cabin: Fishing, Hunting and Family Fun.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,608 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 9)

3 Bedroom/2 Bath, 2 Fireplace 2 story Cabin Across the Street from the East Verde River nestled against a large hill where Elk walk to and from the National Forest. Cool Pines @ 5,300 ft. elevation 10 miles NE of Payson in Whispering Pines. Public access to river down street at wet bridge. Hiking trails along the river at 3rd crossing: 1.2 miles, 2nd crossing: 1.9 miles, waterwheel: 2.5 miles, and 1st crossing: 3.1 miles. The famous Highline trail head is 5 mile in Washington park. Fly fish for trout & small-mouth bass. Cabin Sleeps Nine (1 queen, 2 full, 2 twin, 1 twin trundle under queen) plus full crib not counted in total. Pack and play and blow up mattress in closet. New queen and 2 full mattresses luxury memory foam August 21st, 2017 Linen & towels furnished. WIFI (fastest available in area), Blu-Ray, NetFlix, Direct TV and Netbook Computer, children's games and many toys. Fully Equipped Kitchen & Laundry room w/ washer & dryer, Cabin Decor (Trout, Elk & Bear Rm). Living room w/leather sectional and, recliner. Custom Kitchen Table & Fireplace Mantels made of Juniper. Full Kitchen stocked with pots/pans/utensils/dinnerware/crock pot/ toaster/single and pot coffee makers. Spice rack, etc... Large deck with French doors off the kitchen. Umbrella and ample seating and lounger to enjoy the wooded country atmosphere. Gas grill with 2 propane tanks & Fire ring. Fully fenced yard for your buddy and kids. Hidden under a large pine tree is a little fairy land. For the fishing enthusiast: 2 fly tying tables, a fishing rod holder inside & wader hanger outside. Dog friendly with fenced yard (up to 2 good dogs) with small flat fee of $50 per stay: no more expensive than other cabins that charge a larger cleaning fee... medium and extra large kennel in laundry room. For hunters: Excellent Elk & Turkey hunting w/ Tonto National Forestry access less than 1/4 mile from cabin. Enhance your stay by adding a guided fishing trip or buying supplies and flies. Yes, atv lovers... there is forest nearby on the control road toward Tonto Fish Hatchery, etc.. yes, driveway is long enough for a trailer.

In greatroom, (upgrading to 72 inch HD with electric fireplace April 16, 2017) 42 inch Phillips flatscreen LCD HDTV with Blue Ray player, Free Netflix and Pandora. Board games and DVDs.

Fireplace firewood is not provided for 2 fireplaces (one in kitchen and other in greatroom). Fire ring firewood (pine) is often stacked near fire ring, but is NOT guaranteed. We are unable to restock fire ring wood between all guest stays, but it may be collected in nearby Tonto National Forest for 'small camp fires for free'. We have 4 ceramic heaters. One in each bedroom and kitchen. Feel free to place them where you want. (They use much less electricity than baseboard heat which we have also.) When you arrive at cabin, if 4 ceramic heaters are not enough, please turn on baseboard heaters until you have time to light fireplaces. There is one located in bathroom and Bear room downstairs and a thermostat at top of stairs on the left side of wall for the living room. There is one in the Elk room and trout room too. Also, the fireplace dampers/flutes are closed. Before starting fires please look up and pull the black bar forward to you to open so fire smoke goes up chimney. If one fireplace is not in use keep that damper closed so smoke from the other fireplace doesn't reenter home because the chimney stacks are next to each other. From our and other guests it is best to place firewood as far back from front as possible to encourage smoke up flute and when first lighting it to heat up the chimney stack with a firestarter stick (not able to keep firestarter log/sticks stocked at cabin. Please bring. Have long matches though). These are just tricks you may already know. When the fire is out its best to close flute as soon as possible, because when the chimney stack cools down it can drive cold smoky air in. If that happens, just open the windows and run the ceiling fans. Every bedroom has ceiling fans and the greatroom has 2.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at the camping, hunting, outdoor sports counter of Walmart in Payson. Even in the winter, there is hold over trout at the 1st and 2nd wet bridges. They are the smarter ones that lasted thru the angler season so they are spooky, but if you catch one you are the master! A honey hole document for fishing hot spots will be sent with directions and cabin keyless entry code after payment is made in full a day prior to stay.

The East Verde River TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE starts April and continues weekly through end of August for the summer season by the AZ Game and Fish Department. See stocking schedule at:

From Hwy 87, take a right onto Houston Mesa Road. It's 10 miles to cabin. At 6.9 miles, the first East Verde River access (parking area on right) is just beyond the bridge overpass has some great shallow swimming holes friendly to kids, dogs. It is a fish and game trout stocking spot. At 7.5 miles the next parking area on right is called Waterwheel which is VERY scenic with hiking trails and waterfalls. It has 3 sites stocked by fish and game. At 8.1 miles just after crossing the first wet bridge is a parking area called 2nd crossing on left which has great fishing areas (stocked by fish and game), hiking trail (see marker directly across the road by river). At 8.8 miles, the next parking area is on left beyond the 2nd wet bridge (also a fish stocking spot). Continue up curved hill and enter Whispering Pines Subdivision (on right side). The Left side is still Tonto Forest. The 3rd wet bridge crossing on scott's drive is only another mile and .5 miles from the cabin. It is a great spot to plant some lawn chairs (under stairs at cabin) and soak you feet, play, etc...

Upstream from cabin (take a right on Houston Mesa Rd from cabin and bear left at the road split). It is called Washington Park and is another river access with a well known great hiking trail called Highline Trail (5 miles from cabin). There are other river access points upstream on the dirt control road toward Hwy 260 (instead of bearing left toward Washington Park 5 miles from cabin and the famous Highline trailhead), cross bridge on right and bear left). This heads to Tonto Creek and fish hatchery, camping areas, etc... all part of Tonto Forest.

Reminder: Please check outlets for any plugs, chargers, cords for your portable devises. 1 out of 6 guests leave one behind which we return as quickly as possible, but it still takes 2 weeks (start to finish).

35 things to do in Payson

Drive, Bike, or Hike the Top of the Mogollon Rim.

Visit Tonto Natural Bridge & Tonto Fish Hatchery.

Fossil Hunting @ Paleo Site.

Visit the Shoofly Indian Ruins & Zane Grey Museum.

Go Antiquing.

Visit the Rim Country Museum in Payson.

Fish at One of the Many Rim Country Lakes: woods canyon, willow springs, bear canyon.

Golf on the public Payson Course.

Take an Airplane Ride to View Rim Country.

Canoe, Fish, Walk Around Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lakes.

Go Gambling at the Mazatzal Casino.

Take the Children to Green Valley Park.

Take a Stroll Down Payson's Historic Main Street. Bowling and movie theatre.

Stargaze Under the Clear, Night Sky.

Attend One of Payson's Many Rodeos.

Pick a Trail and Go Hiking - Over 50 Miles to Choose From! A Railroad Tunnel too.

Go Fishing on One of the Many Streams that Surround Rim Country.

Relax in the Verde Hot Springs.

Look for Crystals on Diamond Point.

Go Horseback Riding.

Visit the Payson Candle Factory.

Natural Springs at Fossil.

This is a no smoking property.

Pets are conditionally allowed. Please inquire. Generally up to 2 good dogs are allowed for an additional fee. 1st dog $50. 2nd dog add $25.

Check in is 4pm and check out is noon. Please inquire if you need to check in earlier or later and please don't wait until the day of. The cleaning service will already have their schedule set by then and it is too late to make adjustments.

Please read the email of information sent about the cabin, wifi access code, keyless entry code, directions, area things to do, fireplace instructions and check out instructions. I know it is long but very helpful. Thank you for choosing our home away from home:)


More Details

Owners Charlie and Wendy Palmer
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Owners Charlie and Wendy Palmer

Greetings! My name is Charlie Palmer and I am the owner and operator of AZFishGuide. I am a Licensed Fly-Fishing Guide in the State of Arizona and have been Fishing for over 30 years. Fly Fishing is my passion and I enjoy teaching others. That is why I have started my own Fly Fishing Guide Service. My goal is to educate others in the sport, make Fly Fishing fun, and introduce clients to some of the amazing streams and lakes that Arizona has to offer.

Owners Charlie and Wendy Palmer purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Owners Charlie and Wendy Palmer chose Payson

Location! It's my dream and passion to be outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking, relaxing with family and getting out of the desert heat:) It is at 5,300 ft elevation in the cool pines with mountain mogollon rim nearby, forestry all around and the East Verde River across the street with the sound of the falls while sitting out on the deck. Stars are so bright at night. Elk graze in the meadow next to the property. Its only a 10 mile scenic drive thru 3 wet bridges NE of Payson where restaurants, shopping, movies & Hospital are. Nature close to convenience.

What makes this cabin unique

3 Bedroom/2 Bath, 2 Fireplaces, Cabin Across the Street from the East Verde River nestled in the cool Pines in Whispering Pines. Fly fish for trout & smallmouth bass. Cabin Sleeps Nine (1 queen, 2 full, 3 twin). Linen & towels furnished. WIFI, Blu-Ray, NetFlix, and Netbook Computer. Fully Equiped Kitchen & Laundary room w/ washer & dryer, Cabin Decor (Trout, Elk & Bear Rm). Living room w/leather sectional, 2 recliners. Custom Kitchen Table & Fireplace Manels made of Juniper. Gas grill & Fire ring. For the fishing enthusiast: 2 fly tying tables, a fishing rod holder inside & wader hanger outside. Dog friendly (1-2 Dog only!) For hunters: Excellent Elk & Turkey hunting w/ Tonto National Forestry access less than 1/4 mile from cabin.

In addition to the public river access parking areas like waterwheel, first, second and third crossing, there is a river access at the wet bridge just down the street is always open and there are fish.  You can walk up and down the river up to the high water marks on both sides of the river.  Even if people own property on the river, its a US supreme court federal law that we all have access. FYI info:

River Law: Fact or Fiction - National Organization for Rivers

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your wonderful cabin. It was so nice being up here in beautiful Payson. This home is so perfect. It’s so homey and comfy. We felt at such ease. Our kids are: Jayde 8, and Jude 4. You would have thought it was Christmas upstairs with all of the toys. Our 4 year old especially went nuts. He brought the 3 little Diego toys with us to town every time. He says we definitely have to come back here next time! Our daughter also had a blast with the toys and her doll from home slept in the crib. It was so nice having the washer and dryer so I could keep up with all of the dirt and not have to drag home bags of dirty clothes. There was only a small amount of detergent to start with, so we bought a replacement. We made s'mores both nights, hiked up and down the rivers, and swung on the hammock. So relaxing! We ate breakfast this morning at the Beeline Café. It was very delicious. Our daughter would recommend the French toast! We ate at Macky’s grill on our first night. One the outside it is very plain and restaurant typical but far from it on the inside- the food was Delicious! The New York Philly Cheese steak and OOey Gooey Burger were very good and highly recommended by my husband and I. Other than that we did cook in and I found everything that I needed- Thank you. We went antiquing a little at a couple places, Kountry Chicks Boutique- which was very cute and reasonable and the fenced in antique store and boutique right in town. The antique store was amazing but packed wit goodies which was a little nerve wrecking with the kids. It was a “hands in pockets” trip. The BBQ/ candle lighter was stepped on outside (sorry) so ya will need a new one. Thanks you so much! Melissa (Peoria, AZ)

p.s. we loved the Smokey Bear and little Smokey Bear!

Hi my name is Jayde and I had a good time at your cabin. My favorite places was the creek and my favorite thing to do was make s’mores and eat them. We shopped down town payson. The only animal we saw was a squirrel walking on the telephone wire. Thank you for letting us stay for 2 days.
Apr 2014
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Payson Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1608 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Floorboards
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Theme Fishing for (upstairs) bathroom. Theme Bear, Elk, Wolf for (downstairs) bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Trout Run - 1 queen
    Elk Meadow - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Twin over Full Bunk
    Bear Cave - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin over Full Bunk
  • Twin Bunks do have ladder and guard rails. Note weight limit on Elk Room bunk is 150 lbs, but the Bear room Bunk can hold up to 250 Lbs. 2011 Graco Stanton Crib with stationary sides compliant with federal regulations in Elk Room. There is a queen size blow up mattress in hallway closet. Child Graco Play Pin in Closet. Safety gate on top of stairs and portable one in closet. All Bedrooms have a TV with DVD player. Note: They are not connected to DirectTV or wireless network as in the Greatroom.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Pet Friendly : large dog crate, dog bed, 3 bowls, spare leash, few throw toys and doggie poop bags in laundry room. Kid Friendly : few toys & kid movies. 1 spiderman and 1 barbie fishing rod in hall holder. are NO LONGER provided. Please buy at local Payson Walmart for $15 to $20 depending on season. 4 folding chairs for river use. 2 Adult reel rods. 4 chair folding card table. BlueRay Internet TV, Netflix movies, Online Music, Books, Games, some children toys, 2 Fly Tying tables, Fishing rod holder, Wader Holder outside, 2 fireplaces, Fire Ring, Cabin theme decor, large dog kennel, fans in all bedrooms and living room, fish guide service and flies may be available for purchase - please inquire. Free Firewood for fireplaces. Baseboard electric heat and 2 ceramic portable heaters (one for each level). Free NFL Sunday Ticket per Direct TV guidelines for blackouts. WE HAVE ANOTHER PROPERTY IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS!:


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East Verde River Cabin: Fishing, Hunting and Family Fun.
average rating of 4.8311687 based on 145 reviews
Phoenix, AZ USA

FABULOUS Cabin!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from a two night stay at this cabin. It was FABULOUS!!!! The cabin is extremely clean, well-furnished, and well-maintained. It had everything we needed in the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and outside deck. It is nicely decorated and we were very comfortable. The cabin is better than as described in the website posting. It is a BEAUTIFUL property!!!

Working with the owners was easy and a pleasant experience. They were available to answer questions during our stay. And, our deposit was promptly returned at the end of our stay.

We met several of the neighbors and everyone was friendly and helpful. It was a fun couple of days!! We absolutely will be returning to stay at this cabin. Soon!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the super review. We love it when other people have as good a time as we do at the cabin. It's quite a compliment to hear you had such a great time. We'd love to have you stay again, please keep in touch and thanks again for all the great comments! Wendy and Charlie Palmer
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It's the perfect place to have a great time with family and relax at the same time.super clean

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed ourselves. The kids had a lot of fun with all the nice and safe toys that were provided. The owners were really nice and responded to my questions in a polite and respectful manner. Lots of hicking areas with pretty views close by. We did not see the Elks passed by the cabin but they certainly did passed we just missed them. All neighbors were really polite and quiet. We were the noisy ones.but tried to respect their privacy by staying quiet after 6 pm.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family friendly cabin

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fantastic time at the cabin. We enjoyed the fire pit and everything the cabin offered. Our kids had a blast and we made great family memories.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family and our pups had a great time relaxing up here. The directions were very clear so we had no issues finding the cabin. The yard outside was perfect size for us to relax and let the dogs run around in the enclosed area. The kitchen was well stocked with supplies and we really enjoyed hanging out in the living room with the fireplace and Christmas decorations! Perfect pre Christmas getaway for us!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place for a great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Upon check-in there was a bit of confusion between the email we received from owners, about the cabin being available early, and the cleaning service not expecting us early. The owner was quick to address this issue. Over all we had a wonderful experience and enjoyed our stay in the cabin very much! No luck on any fish this time around, but maybe next time. We would love to stay in the cabin again!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great time

  • 4 of 5

Great place for a family to get away!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
11.9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
11.1 Miles
Belle's Bar/ Beeline Bowling
Nearest Golf
14.6 Miles
Payson Golf Course (public)
Nearest Restaurant
11.6 Miles
Geraldo's Firewood Cafe
Nearest Ski
116 Miles
Arizona Snowbowl

1/4 mile from forestry access to the Mogollon Rim, East Verde River Across street, Public Access .5 mile at first wet bridge from cabin. Fly Fish for trout and small-mouth bass, the game and fish stock trout every other Tuesday across the street from property, Go tubing, Sightsee hike and explore the rim, Hunt for Turkey & Elk or watch them graze in the meadow beside property, Cross and visit: parking and bathrooms on East Verde River (1st bridge, Waterwheel, 2nd bridge, 3rd, bridge and 1 wet bridge) to cabin retreat, Comparable not found at this low price.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning service $75
Refundable damage deposit $175
2nd pet fee $25 $0
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 6.6%

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is confirmed by a deposit. WE NEVER ask for wire transfers or will take via phone or email your personal bank checking or credit card info. We only use Homeaway, VRBO, Flipkey, Tripadvisor, Paypal (on our direct site) for secure payment choices that protect both the owner and guest for a 3% fee that we pay for this layer of protection for all parties. If you want to place a deposit by check and we have talked on the phone and your deposit check is local (Arizona) and has a minimum one month clearance, It can be accepted for the exact amount. Thank you and may your vacation/ holidays be fantastic:) Sincerely, Charlie and Wendy Palmer

Christmas week $1000(7 nights) then nightly rate of $200. min stay 4 days. Any other holidays is $850 (7 nights). Thanksgiving nightly rate of $175 . $160 per night for other holidays. . Monthly rate $2500 min. No reservations taken beyond a month. $82 cleaning fee per stay. $50 for 1 pet fee, $25 for extra pet per stay (not taxed).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.