Welcome to Rim Country
Sure, our climate is cool, but wait until you see our eco-system
In the geographic center of Arizona lies the “Rim Country”, so named by the overwhelming presence of the Mogollon Rim. The Rim is an escarpment 7,000 feet that presents a dramatic drop of over 2,000 feet to the communities below. It is covered in forest and grass land, and has been the home to Native Americans, cowboys, ranchers, farmers, hunters, fishermen, and nature lovers for centuries. It is a land of extreme beauty, natural endowments, and historical significance.
Local attractions include the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (the largest travertine bridge in the world), Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site, Tonto Fish Hatchery, the Rim Country Museum, Pine-Strawberry Museum, Fossil Creek Trail Head, the Strawberry Schoolhouse (oldest schoolhouse in Arizona), and the 45-acre Green Valley Park. Three streams, stocked with trout, are within a twenty-five minute drive from Pine. On top of the Mogollon Rim is a chain of trout lakes. To the south of Pine is Roosevelt Lake, a lakeside retreat and popular fishing spot full of bass and crappie.
Wildlife in Rim Country
Because the Rim has been largely preserved as national forest, it remains the home to a large and diverse group of animals. Over 239 species of birds, including eagles, hawks, and ravens inhabit the forest as well as the Rocky Mountain elk, both mule and whitetail deer, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, fox, javelina, and coyote. With so much wondrous diversity of the creatures which we share Arizona Rim Country, wildlife encounters have become a celebrated part of daily life.
Outdoor enthusiasts love Arizona Rim Country since it sits on the edge of the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pines. Rim Country is also lined with great hiking and mountain biking trails. The Payson Area Trails System is an internal linking set of trails surrounding Payson. There are also more challenging hikes surrounding Rim Country on all ends and offer something for everyone.
Celebrating the Seasons with Sights and Scenery
Scenic drives throughout Arizona Rim Country abound. The Mogollon Rim Road (part of the historic General Crook Military Road) follows the edge of the breathtaking Mogollon Rim. Beneath the rim is the Control Road where you will see evidence of a 24,000-acre fire evolving into one of the best stands of oak and native grasses in all of Arizona. For fall colors, you will be directed to areas showcasing crimson oaks, yellow aspens, dusty white sycamores, and riotous grape vines.
Lakes, Creeks and Rivers
The beautiful pine country around Pine, Payson, Strawberry, Star Valley, and Christopher Creek, as well as numerous streams and lakes, offers many recreational opportunities and facilities. Campgrounds on and around the Rim are plentiful. Fishermen enjoy the abundant trout streams brimming with a variety of species of fresh-water fish and explorers will delight in the secret swimming holes and waterfalls that dot the trails.