Friday, Aug. 14

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Payson - Field Trip Friday
Field Trip Friday stops by the Beautiful town of Payson. GMAZ is stop at many of the local favorites from camp Tontazona to the Tonto Natural Bridge.  If you are interested in going to these places in or around Payson here are links to these Places.

Town of Payson
Town of Payson-Official Tourism Website

Payson Airport
The Payson Airport is one of 46 general aviation airports in Arizona and is located in Payson. The airport is surrounded the 2.9 million acre Tonto National Forest.

Address: 806 W Airport Rd, Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: (928) 472-4748

Payson Airport-Crosswinds Restaurant
Directions::Beeline Hwy turns into 260-follow it straight
there is a round-about at Airline blvd, take it left,
take Airport Rd to the parking lot on your right.
800 W Airport Rd, Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-1613

Tonto Natural Bridge
It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.... it's surrounded by a forest of pine trees, and only 14 miles northeast of Payson's main street. It's the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, just a 24 minute drive towards Pine. It's a breathtaking view and definitely worth a visit.
10 miles north of Payson State Route 87

Western Village
Western Village is packed antiques and goodies for all ages, and even children, as she has fun and colorful items for small hands to play with. The shop is also unique because, if you have a rare item, or something you think might be a collectible, she will buy collectibles and resale or put them on consignment for you, much like a pawn shop.
1104 S. Beeline Hwy
Payson, AZ 85541

Pirates Hide-Away
While in scenic Payson and enjoying all the natural beauty of the rim country, let's not forget about the kids. As a mom you know, most often, they just want to run around an arcade and play putt-putt golf. Well, the best place for that in Payson is Pirates Hideaway right on Highway 260! It's a family owned ma-and-pop miniature golf course complete with pirate skeletons, running water and fun

805 E. Highway 260
Payson, 85541
(928) 478-6830

Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery
The hatchery is near the headwaters of Tonto Creek beneath the Mogollon Rim in the Tonto National Forest is located approximately 21 miles east of Payson off of Highway 260. Turn north off SR 260 at the signed road near Kohl's Ranch Resort and travel four miles to end of road.

Tonto Creek Hatchery is located on lands owned by the U.S. Forest Service and has been in operation since 1937 The hatchery was renovated in 1993 to modernize operations and produces and stocks approximately 140,000 catchable size rainbow trout each year, along with a smaller number of brook trout.  Tonto Creek also hatches and annually raises approximately 100,000 native Apache trout to fingerling size before they are transferred to the Silver Creek Hatchery for grow out to catchable size. Apache trout eggs are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery).

Arizona Game & Fish Dept.: 
Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
7 days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
3898 N Tonto Creek Rd, Payson, AZ 85541

Payson World Oldest Rodeo
Payson is host to one of World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo since 1884. Rim County is known as the home of this world class event, It will be held on August 20th -23rd from 7pm to 1:00am.

Payson Event Center 
1400 S Beeline Hwy 
Payson AZ 85541

ASU Pep Rally-Payson
ASU Sun Devil Football Season is quickly approaching.  In addition to the storied tradition of Camp Tontozona under the Majestic Mogollon Rim, the Town of Payson in coordination with Sun Devil Athletics is putting on a new event called the ASU SUN DEVIL FOOTBALL PEP RALLY.  This fun event will kick off the Sun Devils' season and will be held at Payson's Green Valley Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14th.

Green Valley Park 
1000 W. Country Club Dr. 
Payson AZ 85541

Camp Tontozona
ASU football will be having their scrimmage this Saturday, August 15th at 10 am. They encourage that you arrive early since parking can be a problem. Bring an umbrella and water. No pets, alcohol. or glass containers are permitted.

For more information: 844-411-CAMP (2267)

Rim County Museum
The Rim Country Museum building is a replica of the Herron Hotel, a hotel on main street in the early 1900's. Inside the two story building is the main museum, which covers the history of rim country beginning with prehistoric Payson people and the arrival of the Tonto Apache Indians in the area. Visitors will learn about the miners, ranchers and pioneer families, the first white settlers in the area, and about the US Army conflicts with the Apache's. Visitors will also learn why the rodeo and lumber industries were important in early Payson and details about a bloody war between cattle ranchers, and how that conflict kept Arizona from achieving statehood for several years. The museum also has a section on the 1990 Dude Fire and on the author Zane Grey.         

700 Green Valley Pkwy, Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-3483

Zane Grey Cabin
The Zane Grey Cabin is a replica of Grey's original cabin that burned down in 1990 in the Dude Fire. Visitors will learn where the original cabin was built and how he lived, right down to every detail within the cabin. Zane Grey is American Author best known for his popular adventure novels that were the basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts. His novels and short stories have been adapted into 112 files, two TV episodes and a television series called, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre. 

700 Green Valley Pkwy, Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-3483

Old Time Fiddlers Contest
The Payson, Arizona  Old Time Fiddlers Contest and Acoustic Celebration is truly a piece of Arizona history. The Old Time Fiddlin' Arizona State Championships will take place Sept 25th-27th. This event has a 45 year history celebrating the musical heritage of the pioneers of our great state. The Vertielee Floyd Memorial - Old Time Fiddlers Arizona State Championship (National Qualifier), Old Time Opry and "Fiddle'in Band Competition" incorporates over 3 days of family fun. This event includes Old Time, Western, Gospel, Bluegrass, music concerts, Old Time fiddling and band competition for all ages, camping and jam sessions.