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Payson Proper
- Oxbow Estates & Points West

Located in the very heart of Arizona, Payson is a mere hour and 20 minutes northeast of Phoenix, and approximately 3 hours travel time from Tucson. Easy access and gorgeous sweeping roads and landscapes make Payson a year round four season travel and vacation destination. Light traffic, abundant lodging, and quality dining also bring outdoor adventurers through this robust section of paradise nestled in the center of Tonto National Forest.

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Payson Area Trails Systems (PATS)

18.5 Miles

120+ mins

Level: 2/5

12 Months

In the mid 2000’s, the town of Payson in conjunction with the US Forest Service developed a system of offroad activity trails to intersect and circumvent the town of Payson. These trails are a perfect way to spend an afternoon or even a full day exploring our part of Rim Country while still remaining mere minutes from restaurants, fuel and all the amenities of town. Most trails in the system would be classified as easy to intermediate. If you’ve only got a couple hours to ride and see the sights, this is a highly pleasurable way to go.

Crackerjack Mine Trail

7.5 Miles

70 mins

Level: 3/5

12 Months

This is an approximate 15 mile loop trail that includes a couple of shallow water crossings, some sections of rocky uphill ascents and stunning scenery. Most conquer this trail in less than an hour and a half. Highly popular with local utv and atv adventurers we’d rate this trail in the easy/intermediate skills range.

Forest Road 414 (Payson to Rye the back way)

20.7 Miles

120 mins

Level: 3/5

12 Months

This is about a 15 mile one way excursion behind and through the Mazatzal Mountains west of of Town. You’ll pick this trail up in Payson just west of Main Street and wind your way up in elevation to epic long range vistas and spectacular western postcard scenery. Eventually working down the backside of the mountains and down in altitude to the tiny town of Rye, AZ. Here you’ll encounter desert scenes directly out of the movies. Cactus, working cattle ranches and that “old west” feeling abound. Time on this beauty is approximately an hour and a half in each direction and it’s rated in the intermediate category.

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Adventure Packages

Here at Arizona Adventure Packages, we’re all about creating unforgettable experiences in the heart of Arizona’s rugged beauty. Based right here in beautiful Payson, we offer guided adventure tours that take you through some of our favorite routes and trails, giving you a taste of the authentic Arizona wilderness.

When you book one of our tours, you're not just getting a trip – you're embarking on a true adventure. We provide everything you'll need to make your journey smooth and enjoyable. That includes a top-notch vehicle rental, so you can tackle any terrain with confidence. Safety's our top priority, so we also provide helmets for everyone.

But that's not all – we believe in making your adventure as comfortable and memorable as possible. You’ll get some awesome swag and gear to make you feel like part of the team. And of course, we never hit the trails without plenty of water to keep you hydrated under the Arizona sun.

So, whether you're an experienced explorer or a first-time adventurer, our seasoned guides are here to ensure you have the time of your life. Come join us and experience the wild, untamed beauty of Arizona in a way that only we can offer. We can't wait to show you around!

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