Recreation Roundup



Photo courtesy of Payson Parks and Recreation

Volunteer Dan Jacobs helps to clear an area in the Payson Area Trails System.

PATS hike

Saturday, Dec. 13 there will be a group hike from the Payson Event Center to the Peach Orchard Trailhead.

The four-mile hike has a moderate level of intensity.

Views of the Mazatzal Mountain Range, along with riparian areas and old mining ruins are breathtaking on this PATS route. Participants will meet at the Payson Parks and Recreation office at 10 a.m., and a shuttle service will be set up prior to the hike to get hikers back to the event center at the end of the hike.

For detailed PATS information, visit

After-school archery program

Register children in grades four through 12 for the after-school archery program, offered in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The four-week program will meet twice a week at the Julia Randall Elementary School rock gym, where class will be held indoors during the winter.

Classes will be taught by certified archery instructors and will cover archery techniques, history, safety and equipment, along with focusing on mental concentration and self-improvement techniques.

Registration is taking place now through Jan. 9. The program is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 12 through Feb. 4. The cost is $30 per participant.

For more information, call Payson Parks and Recreation at (928) 474.5242, ext. 7; Joe Harris, sports, (928) 474-5242, ext. 359; Deb Rose, aquatics and special events, (928) 474-5242, ext. 272; Mary McMullen, trails and outdoor recreation, (928) 474-5242, ext. 358; or Charlene Hunt, equestrian programs and field reservations, (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.


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