Horseback riding opportunities are abundant in Payson, Arizona and the surrounding area. You will find horse property, guided trail rides, horseback riding lessons, horse boarding, an a wide variety of trails in the beautiful forest setting of rim country.
You will ride like the wind with Equestrian Real Estate in Payson, Arizona. Situated 5000 feet above sea level, the town gets the cool mountain air from the surrounding Sierra Ancha and Mazatzal Mountain Ranges. This part of Gila County enjoys a mild enough climate for year-round activities, and the enjoyment of seasonal changes. Just north of the Payson is the 200 mile escarpment of the Mogollon Rim with an elevation closer to 7500 feet providing higher elevation riding opportunities. Kohl's Ranch Stables shown in the video provides riding opportunities at the Kohl's Ranch lodge just below the Mogollon Rim.
Popular communities for equestrians in Rim Country include Payson, Star Valley, Christopher Creek, Pine, Strawberry, and Tonto Basin. Homes in here range from large sprawling ranches, to smaller acreage suitable for keeping a few riding horses.
There are three national forests that surround Payson, Arizona that are filled with riding trails. The nearby Tonto National Forest, Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, and Coconino National Forest give horsemen plenty of opportunity to hit the trails and enjoy the beauty of the biggest forest of Ponderosa Pines in the world.
Payson Arizona Trail System
Additionally, the Payson Area Trails System (PATS) is the beginnings of a world-class trail system established by the Town of Payson to offer enhanced recreational opportunities for Rim Country residents and visitors. This trail network mostly follows the perimeter of the town and connects to Forest Service roads and trails in the Tonto National Forest area on Payson’s periphery. Most of these trails are open to horseback riders. The completion of the entire trail system is still in process.
Rodeos and Horse Shows
Local horse shows and rodeos provide action for the horse owner looking for the thrill of competition. Payson has a rich horse history and is home to the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo which takes place each year in August. With loads of space, you and your family will enjoy this area!