The spectacular colors of fall are here once again in Rim Country and are certainly worth the trip to see. Once you are here, you can pick your method of taking in the sights. Hike, bike, or drive your way through the breathtaking experience of Autumn in full color! The third and fourth week of October are the optimal time to see the richest colors of the area. The forest is home to Oaks, Maples, Sumac, Woodbine and others that add golds and reds to the greens of the pine and evergreen. Certain vantage points on the Rim offer nearly 100 mile views out over the horizon. Be sure to remember your camera!
Below are listed some of the hikes that showcase the best views of the colors. Some trails allow bikes. Some allow horses. They vary in levels of difficulty and length, so there is something for everyone. Remember to always wear sturdy hiking shoes and take adequate water with you during your hikes.
Some prefer the less strenuous path and enjoy taking in the beauty of the season from the climate controlled comfort of their vehicles. For them, the following:
Forest Service Road 300: Top of the Rim, drive through the Aspens,
Turn left at Wood Canyon Lake Road.
Forest Service Road 284: Across from Tall Pines Market in Christopher Creek,
2 miles to stand of Maples. Look down on colorful Oaks & Maples.
Fish Hatchery Road East of Kohl’s Ranch: 4 1/2 miles following Tonto Creek.
Halloween Trunk or Treat
The Town of Payson is hosting a wonderful event once again this year and, in light of COVID-19 is taking many precautions to do so. Admission is FREE. All who attend do so at their own risk. If you or your child have recently been ill or are showing symptoms, please stay at home and do not attend. This year’s event will begin earlier to give families more time to come and go, leaving more room for all to attend at some point in the evening. The event runs from 4pm-8pm, or until the candy runs out. For more information, you can visit the town’s website at paysonrimcountry.com/fallfest