East Verde Park lies along the East Verde River and a canyon topped by beautiful rock formations. About a third of the lots remain undeveloped, but unlike many other rural communities in the area, second-home owners account for only about 28 percent of the nearly 200 homes.
The little subdivision grew from one of the original homesteads in the area and once provided the setting for a ranch run by several Tonto Apache families.
The community includes vacation rentals, a popular bed and breakfast, great fishing and swimming holes – all seven miles from Payson. Surprisingly moderate in price, the homes offer rare riverfront property.
The nearby community of Flowing Springs offers similar advantages, but it’s much smaller, more expensive and more dominated by vacation homes.