Recreation Roundup


Outdoor Recreation

• PATS Hike

American Gulch Trail — meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Hwy. 87 on Main Street (Doll Baby Ranch Road). This three-mile route includes majestic views off high points in the Rim Country toward Fossil Creek along with mountain meadows. The trail is of moderate difficulty. Wear appropriate clothing for changeable winter weather as well as hiking boots and bring water.

• Watchable Wildlife

Increase the chances of having a positive wildlife viewing experience. Learn the five steps to successful wildlife viewing. Registration is Jan. 20 through March 16; the class will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Parks & Rec office building in Green Valley Park. The fee is $5. All ages are welcome to participate.

Payson Event Center

• Barrel & Pole Practice

Parks, Recreation & Tourism will be sponsoring this equestrian event beginning April 18. It will be held Wednesday nights. Books open at 4 p.m.; time-only runs are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; the fee is $3 per run or $5 for 3-minute time slot.

Friday Night Barrel & Pole 4D Jackpot will be April 27, May 11, June 22, July 20, Aug. 24, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12. Books open at 5 p.m. Competition starts at 7:30 p.m. Time-only: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; $3 per run, one-minute time limit. Fee: $25 registration fee and $5 arena fee. All fees must be paid in cash. There is a 60 percent cash payout.

Youth Sports

• Youth Basketball for third and fourth grade boys and girls; cost is $30 per child. Registration ends Jan. 25. Games are played on Saturdays.

• Start Smart and Biddy Basketball for kids ages 3 years to second-graders is open for registration for a second session; the cost is $20 per child. These fundamental clinics will be given on Saturdays in January and February.

Adult Sports

• Adult Basketball League registration is now open. Games will be played on weeknights starting in February. The league is limited to eight teams and the cost is $300 per team.


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