From its mountain pine forests to its saguaro-dotted desert landscapes, Gila County’s variety in scenery and lifestyle offers something for everyone. In the north, visitors to Payson’s pine-fringed valley find a picturesque, laid-back community that’s as welcoming to families as to retirees and outdoor adventurers. Dotted with lakes and abundant with wildlife, the Mogollon Rim area around Payson has been a beloved playground for generations of outdoor enthusiasts. In southern Gila County, where cowboys on horseback are still an everyday sight, mining and ranching continue to form the backbone of the economy. In this landscape of enchanting, classic desert beauty, it’s possible to feel far away from it all while still within reach of city amenities.
What you will find throughout Gila County is friendly, stable communities proud of both their western heritage and their natural setting. Some families go back five generations, lending continuity, while the county’s population continues to grow at a steady, manageable pace that allows thoughtful development. Local residents enjoy a full calendar of activities – fairs, arts festivals, farmer’s markets, live music and more – and the moderate climate makes it possible to enjoy outdoor activities year round. Throughout Gila County, history, culture and nature combine to create livable communities, rich with dining, shopping, cultural and entertainment options, all within an easy drive of the Phoenix or Tucson metro areas.
Looking to get out of the city where you can put down roots, breathe the fresh air and stretch your imagination?
Look no further than Gila County.