Living in a rural mountain community like Payson, AZ comes with tons of small town charm and a relaxing lifestyle (as mentioned in our previous article). In addition, there are endless adventures with the local wildlife, enhancing the experience in a wonderful way.
Green Valley Park creates a playground for local elk, eagles, fish, turtles, and more… right inside of town limits for everyone to enjoy… backdropped by breathtaking sunsets over the 3 beautiful lakes. Payson is also home to many neighborhoods, both gated and not, that provide a view of deer and elk grazing and resting on a daily basis.
Our neighborly bald eagles are found fishing in town many months of the year. Most notably is Ernie the Eagle that has become a regular in our community and is often photographed and marveled at by those walking around the lakes. Over the past couple of years, 3 bull elk have become very comfortable within the community and are seen at all times of the day exploring our streets and local businesses. Payson residents are excited every year when they come back around for a few months to join the fun.
A times it feels surreal to live in a location that provides the beauty, community, and wildlife interaction that Payson, AZ and neighboring communities provides. I am proud to live here and feel so thankful each time I help someone find their little slice of heaven in this wonderful place.