Payson is central Arizona’s year-round, premier vacation destination and for good reason. With over 300 days of glorious sunshine a year, pristine mountain views, a rich western heritage, and fresh mountain air; it's a wonderful environment to play in. Practically every sport or recreation you could imagine is available here. Rim Country is just a couple of hours away from Phoenix, but it is about 20 degrees cooler. Payson and several of its smaller neighboring towns make terrific day or weekend retreats from the big city. Below you will find information about upcoming activities, events, and interests in Payson and Rim County.
For a complete list of upcoming activities and events please visit our online calendar. For more information, click here.
Billed as the birth place of rodeo, Payson is home to the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Since 1884, Payson has celebrated August Doins as its premier rodeo event. Over time Payson has added several new rodeos to its yearly calendar. Each one offers visitors a great show, in a festival setting, with vendors, dances, BBQ’s, classic car displays, parades, and so much more. For more information, click here.
Known as the “Event Capital of Arizona”, there is always something going on in Payson. Payson has several special events planned each year that are well worth a drive from the valley and planning a vacation around. For more information, click here.
Payson is home to the majestic Mogollon Rim. Formed 600 million years ago, the 200-mile long “Rim” rises to over 7,000 feet. The Rim is home to thousands of different species of animals and offers the outdoor enthusiast a smorgasbord of activities, including: camping, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, hunting, star gazing, bird watching and if relaxing is your gig, well you can do that to. For more information, click here.
The Town of Payson and its citizens are currently revitalizing Main Street and restoring its once prominent place as the social corridor of the town. Once known for its street dances, gambling and ruckus crowds, Payson’s Main Street has transformed into an antique and art lovers paradise. The First Friday Night of each month, the Main Street Merchants put on a party to remember, complete with local music, food, and hay rides for the kids. For more information, click here.
Mazatzal Hotel and Casino offers visitors a great night life with many different opportunities including: bingo, slots, and table games. While visiting the Mazatzal Casino, stay for dinner at the award winning Cedar Ridge Restaurant. After dinner enjoy a concert, show or special event. For more information, click here.
Top 35 Things to Do When Visiting Payson and Rim Country
Boredom in Payson and the surrounding Rim Country is not an option. With hundreds of things to do and places to go there is never a dull moment. We have narrowed the list down to 35 of the top things that visitors should experience. For more information, click here.
Centrally located in the “Heart of Arizona”, Payson offers visitors' access too many of the states recognized attractions. As the hub of your vacation, staying in Payson allows you to experience several day trips, all within a 4 hours driving distance. For more information, click here.