Visitors and residents alike will find it worth their time to stop by both the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce and the Payson Ranger District Office of the Tonto National Forest, two places packed with information.
The chamber is located at 100 W. Main Street, at the stoplight where Highway 87 and Main Street intersect. There, you will find maps, a list of coming events, lodging and campground information, information on fishing spots, restaurant menus, recreation opportunities, local history and other facts about Payson and the surrounding areas.
The office also stocks relocation packets and numerous brochures from other Gila County and Arizona attractions. For visitors looking for hotel accommodations, there's even a courtesy phone to check local rates and availability.
The chamber of commerce is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phone: (928) 474-4515.
On the east side of town is the Payson Ranger District, at 1009 E. Highway 260 -- about a mile past Safeway, on the right side of the highway. (Look for the Smokey the Bear fire danger sign.)
Outside, there's a small picnic area surrounded by displays of native vegetation. Inside the office/bookstore, you'll find information about hiking and camping, birds, plants, insects, forest rules and special points of interest.
The friendly staff also can help with directions and answer questions about fire danger and give you the lastest information on forest restrictions.
The ranger district office is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: (928) 474-7900.