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

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Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


Whispering Pines Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 8)

Charlie fishing the East Verde River (Between the Waterwheel access and 2nd bridge: Take the 2nd bridge access and cross road to trail head. It's only 2 miles from cabin!

3 Bedroom/2 Bath, 2 Fireplace Cabin Across the Street from the East Verde River nestled in the cool Pines @ 5,300 ft. elevation 10 miles NE of Payson in Whispering Pines. Public access down street at wet bridge. Fly fish for trout & small-mouth bass. Cabin Sleeps Eight (1 queen, 2 full, 2 twin). Linen & towels furnished. WIFI, Blu-Ray, NetFlix, Direct TV with NFL MAX package and Netbook Computer. Fully Equipped Kitchen & Laundry room w/ washer & dryer, Cabin Decor (Trout, Elk & Bear Rm). Living room w/leather sectional, 2 recliners. Custom Kitchen Table & Fireplace Mantels 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 (up to 2 good dogs) 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.

In greatroom, 42 inch Phillips flatscreen LCD HDTV with Blue Ray player, Free Netflix and Pandora.

Fireplace firewood is provided FREE 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'. Please Do Not burn fireplace wood in the fire ring. It is expensive hard wood (pecan, oak, aspen, and alligator juniper) so it will burn hot and not soot up chimneys. We have 2 ceramic heaters. One on each floor. Feel free to place them where you want. (They use much less electricity than baseboard heat.) When you arrive at cabin, if the 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 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. Lots of free firewood is behind cabin and next to driveway (oak, aspen,pecan, alligator juniper). 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.

If it is misused, we will not be able to continue offering it free for the fireplaces or may be forced to raise rates. Thank you Very Much.

Football Season: Direct TV NFL Sunday Ticket: For those of you who want to get away, but can't stand the thought of missing a game in real time, we have Direct TV Sunday Ticket. Information for all NFL Sunday Tickets on Direct TV:

If a game the viewer wishes to watch is blacked out in their home market because it's not sold out, the game remains blacked out on NFL Sunday Ticket. Any other game televised locally is also blacked out. (viewers must watch them instead on the local FOX or CBS affiliates) See Channel Guide in Guest Handbook at Cabin Please. Games joined or switched away from in progress usually have their blackout status altered immediately.

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 started April 2nd, 2012 and continues weekly through August 29th, 2012 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, 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 4 guests leave one behind which we return as quickly as possible, but it still takes a week (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.

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.

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.


More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owners Charlie and Wendy Palmer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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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 Arizona

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 Eight (1 queen, 2 full, 2 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.

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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East Verde River Cabin: Fishing, Hunting and Family Fun.
average rating of 4.851852 based on 122 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: Jun 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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The house was comfortable, and its location near the end of the road made for a peaceful weekend.

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean and spacious. Given the peaceful area, sitting outside, whether on the porch or around the fire ring, was very enjoyable. River access was a five-minute walk from the house. Additionally, Pine and Strawberry were perhaps a 30-45 minute drive from the house, and the top of the Mogollon Run was a few minutes beyond Strawberry. The road from the house to Payson was very scenic with various river crossings and beautiful views. I would definitely stay at this house again.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway from the Heat

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay when you want to have a quick getaway out of the heat but don't won't to drive too far. The cabin is easy to find in the Whispering Pines community. It's close to town and not far from the popular spots like Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lake. The cabin is cozy and comfortable. It has everything you need away from home. Great weekend at a good price!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Property, Enjoyed our Fishing Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Our Party of Seven Adults enjoyed our stay. Was better suited for 6 adults and two children based on bunk beds, but we solved our needs with a blow up bed for the one non married person in our party. Loved the quaintness of the place with all the fishing memorabilia, and great instructions on fishing locations. Went to Washington Park first but was rained out - did not fish, an adventurous and scenic drive though. We caught 9 trout at the third crossing of the Verde River. At the second crossing caught another two trout and a dozen crawdads. Also went to Woods Creek Canyon, caught about 25 very small blue gills. All and all was a great way to get out of the Phoenix heat, was only about 75 degrees at the cabin.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arizona Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin waS very relaxing. It made us feel like we were right at home. Our cells did not work, so it was a nice break at times, but we could use the WiFi if we needed to.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much we had a great time my kids really enjoy their self the place is very well maintained. I over-packed thinking i need it. We where at the creek playing in it all day It is not that far from the cabin you can hear the water running from the front porch. the cabin is not that far from the valley if you forgot something at the store. the overall experience was great I couldn't ask for a better place we could have stayed at we definitely will be coming back thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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 3 wet bridges to cabin retreat, Comparable not found at this low price.


Rates & Availability

Whispering Pines Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning service $82
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 6.6%

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. $60 cleaning fee per stay. $50 for 1 pet fee, $25 for extra pet per stay (not taxed)

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Whispering Pines Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1608 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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 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 8
  • 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
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
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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