THE RIM COUNTRY... Including Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Khols Ranch, Christopher Creek, Forest Lakes.





The story of Zane Grey and his adventures, including his over 100 published writings, is well known. He made his first foray into the Rim Country in 1918 where he met and became friends with area locals, even hiring members of a well-known Pioneer family to guide him on his travels of the area and penned several of his novels in reverence to the resplendent countryside.

The Rim Country, situated in the Sitgreaves National Forest, embraces a 50 Mi radius around the town of Payson. The area is named after the Mogollon Rim which has spectacular features and people come from miles around to view the massive escarpment as it rises two thousand feet above the Foothills and canyons. It has been known for decades for its magnificent forests, fishing, hiking, biking trails and all kinds of outdoor activities.

As you travel up through the Rim Country to the east, lie small communities such as Whispering pines, Washington Park, Tonto Village and Forest Lakes. On top of the mighty Mogollon Rim there are several lakes including Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake and Chevelon Canyon Lake.

To the south of Payson, located down Highway 188 about 55 miles, is the famous Theodore Roosevelt Lake. Itís close enough for those who want to take an adventure and tackle the large open water to go fishing, water skiing and any other Lake activity you can think of.

To the north of Payson 17 miles, are the Pine and Strawberry communities. There you will find many activities, festivals and summertime events geared towards locals and attract tourists alike.

Up further north are Happy Jack and Lake Mary, which offer Rolling Hills of Tall Timber and beautiful landscape views of this mountainous area. Many fine custom log homes and lodges are located in this area and it is well known for itís wonderful Rock foundations and breathtaking Open Sky views of the stars at night.

There is no doubt that the Rim Country (Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Kohlís Ranch, Christopher Creek, Forest Lakes, and Happy Jack and all of the surrounding areas) will always be in very high demand with cooler temperature than the Phoenix Metro area, located in the Tall Timber yet close enough to the Valley for access to a quick get-away or an extended vacation. Who knows, you might just want to make the move permanent!