Payson, Arizona, is a town for outdoor enthusiasts as it is located at the base of the majestic Mogollon Rim and is surround by the Tonto National Forest, in the jurisdiction of the United States Forest Service. Consequently, the town offers many year round outdoor activities which include hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. The Mogollon Rim is a 7,000 foot high, 200-mile long escarpment that stretches from north-central Arizona to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. As a mountain town, Payson embraces its rural Old West heritage as it was home to many cowboys and rodeos. Author Zane Grey visited the area often and wrote numerous books about it. Payson is still host to oldest continuous rodeo in the world, which started in 1884, but also offers art galleries, antique stores, resturants, outdoor attractions, and a casino nearby. Public domain Picture of Green Valley Park courtesy of Wikipedia.