Town Plans Plenty Of Great Events For Fall Fun And Activities

Payson Area Trail System hikes are planned for Nov. 17, Nov. 28 and Dec. 15.


Payson Area Trail System hikes are planned for Nov. 17, Nov. 28 and Dec. 15.


It’s fall in Rim Country and the weather is fine. It is a perfect time of year to get out and enjoy the great outdoors or keep the kids busy with some town-sponsored sports programs. The following is a list of upcoming events and sports leagues being offered by the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for details.

Community Events

Turkey Trot 5K

The annual Turkey Trot 5K at Green Valley Park is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.

Registration is taking place now and will also be held race day, starting at 8 a.m.

Pre-registration — closes Nov. 14, guarantees commemorative sweatshirt.

Cost: $40 for 10 and up with guarantee of sweatshirt; $25 for students through 12th grade with ID, no sweatshirt.

Prizes: turkey from Safeway for winners, plus medals to top three places in each age group.

PATS Hikes

9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17: Peach Loop Trail, rough hike of moderate to difficult range; three miles; meet at Peach Orchard Trailhead.

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28: Moonlight Hike of Shoofly Ruins. Meet at the Shoofly Ruins Trailhead.

9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15: Houston Loop, starts at Houston Mesa Trailhead, a mile east of North Highway 87 off Houston Mesa Road, two miles, moderate level of difficulty. This is a great family hike.

Youth Sports


It’s basketball season for the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Several youth programs are planned for the coming months.

Stop by the parks office in Green Valley Park, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 or go online to for details.

Fifth & Sixth Grade

Registration through Nov. 12.

No tryouts, separate boys and girls divisions.

Practice: Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Play: starts Saturday, Dec. 8.

Cost: $30 per child, includes game shirt.

Volunteer coaches needed (fee waived if your child plays).

Third & Fourth Grade

Registration: Dec. 27 through Jan. 11.

Play: Feb. 2 through March 11.

Place: JRE gym.

Cost: $30.


A new Youth Volleyball League is being organized for students in the seventh and eighth grades. It’s about fun and fundamentals.

Registration through Nov. 12.

Play: Saturdays

Place: Rim Country Middle School gym.

Cost: $25.


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