Payson Ranger District Contract Sites



• Christopher Creek Campground

Fee: $16/car; $55/group; $8 picnic

Units: 43 campsites

2010 revenue: $83,000

• Houston Mesa

Fees: $20/car; $16/horse camp; $95/group

Facilities: Showers, flush toilets

2010 revenue: $122,000

• Ponderosa

Fee: $16/camp; $55/group

Facilities: water, double-vault toilet

Units: 61 camp sites, 2 group sites

2010 revenue: $74,000

• Sharp Creek

Fee: $20/camp; $105 group

Facilities: Water, double-vault toilet

Sites: 30 campsites, 2 group sites

• Tonto Creek (upper, lower, 2 picnic)

Fee: $14

Facilities: Water, double-vault toilets

Units: 18 campsites, 9 picnic

Revenue: $9,751


• Shoofly Ruins

Fee: Not established

Units: 6 picnic tables

• East Verde

Fee: Not established

Facilities: 4 single-vault toilets, paved parking

• Trailheads (optional)

Two-Sixty: 35 miles east of Payson off Highway 260. Dirt parking, CXT toilet, horse corral, connects to Highline Trail.

• See Canyon Trailhead: Two miles north of Christopher Creek off Highway 260 off Forest Road 284. Dirt parking, CXT toilet, horse corral, fishing, trail connections.

• Pine Trailhead: 14 miles north of Payson off Highway 87. Paved parking, CXT toilet, horse corral, trail access.

• Fossil Springs Trailhead: Seven miles west of Strawberry off FR 708. Dirt parking CXT toilet, horse corral, trail down to Fossil Creek.

• East Verde Picnic Area: Five miles off Highway 87 north of Payson. Dirt parking, CXT toilet, four picnic sites.

• Flowing Springs Picnic: Five miles north of Payson off Highway 87on FR 272. Parking area, CXT toilet, 6 picnic tables.

There are possible other picnic sites that contractors could add new fees to existing picnic and campground sites. To see the plan go to the Tonto National Forest Web site and click on recreation.


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