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Known as “The Heart of Arizona”, Payson was founded in 1882 and is very near to the geographic center of Arizona.  Known as the “Heart of Arizona”, Payson was originally the land of the cowboys, an isolated cow town with the best rodeo in Arizona.  Now, Payson offers the rural American vibe with big city amenities, easy access to Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and surrounding states, and business development and growth possibilities.  Payson’s mild, four-season climate allows for a dynamic business environment, especially in industries such as tourism, retirement, manufacturing, and service.  There are the necessary resources and a capable work force to support small and medium-sized business relocation or expansion. 


Payson is only a quick, 90-mile drive from Phoenix on the recently-expanded four-lane State Route 87, known as the “Beeline Highway”.  The perfect location for future residents and business looking for more peace and quiet without giving up the benefits of larger towns and cities.  The Payson Municipal Airport supports almost 30,000 operations per year with maintenance facilities, hangers, scenic flights, and charters.   Travelling to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway or Phoenix-Sky-Harbor International Airport is simple and stress-free with door-to-door shuttles providing 24-hour service. 

Outdoor Recreation

Payson’s outdoor activities are plentiful and cater to a wide range of enthusiasts.  Surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, Payson provides residents and visiting outdoor enthusiasts’ opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, camping, and horseback riding.  Hike the relatively-flat Boulder Loop Trail which is a 2.7-mile loop which runs through Stewart Creek or enjoy a calm day fishing and boating on Bear Canyon Lake.   Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, the largest known travertine natural bridge, is located only a few miles northwest of Payson and is perfect for a family hike or picnic.  With Payson sitting at the base, the Mogollon Rim escarpment extends 200 miles starting in the northern Yavapai County running east towards the New Mexico Border.  The Rim panoramic views of the Rim County, provide opportunities for hiking, scenic drives, fossil hunting, visiting archaeological ruins, camping in one of the rim’s serene campgrounds, or fishing for trout in any of the flowing streams.  For avid golfers, Payson offers the ultimate southwestern golf experience including picturesque landscapes in one of the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forests, challenging holes, and luxurious amenities and facilities for members.  rock and mineral collectors can find quartz crystals, Herkimer diamonds, geodes, agate and onyx, just to name a few, just north and west of Payson.

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