Payson, Arizona possesses some of the best weather in the United States. Determining the ideal climate is of course a subjective endeavor, but with a year-round average temperature of 72 degrees and four mild seasons Payson has a strong case. Payson’s climate is considered by many to be perfect because it has the best of all worlds.
Payson's ideal climate makes it popular for its outdoor recreation like golf, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and much more. Two of America’s best golf courses which are located in Payson (The Rim Golf Club and Chaparral Pines Golf Course) boast year-round golf, only closing the courses due to snow an average of 4 days a year.
Many out-of-state residents think of Arizona as a desert state and do not realize the varied landscape and climate that exists in Arizona. Payson sits in the heart of Arizona amidst 3,000,000 acres of pine forest which is the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world. Payson’s elevation is 5,000 feet producing its mild climate. It is generally 20 degrees cooler than the hot desert climate of Phoenix which makes Payson a popular destination for vacationers and part time residents seeking refuge from the heat in its cool mountain pines. Rainfall averages 22 inches per year producing Payson’s lush pine forests, yet the sun still shines 286 days per year.
However, 5,000 feet is still a low enough elevation that its winters remain mild with average highs remaining around 60 degrees through the winter. When the occasional winter storm hits Payson, it drops an average of 2 to 6 inches of snow that quickly melts within a day or two. Payson also has the advantage of being located at the base of the 7,500-foot escarpment known as the Mogollon Rim. Within a short drive from Payson up the Rim, snow lingers year-round for those who enjoy winter sports without having to live in snow.