No need to let the winter doldrums set in. The Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is offering a wide variety of activities to keep you busy.
To register or for more information, visit the town’s Web site at www.payson rimcountry.com and click on the Parks & Rec tab, or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
• Youth Basketball for 3rd- and 4th-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 2nd-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 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.
• PATS Hike
American Gulch Trail — meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at the American Gulch South Trailhead, 2.6 miles west of Highway 87 on Main Street (Doll Baby Ranch Road). This 3-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
Payson 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 $5 arena fee. All fees must be paid in cash. There is a 60 percent cash payout.