Best trails in Payson

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Looking for a great trail near Payson, Arizona? AllTrails has 50 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Tonto Natural Bridge State Park or Rockin' River Ranch State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 27 moderate trails in Payson ranging from 0.7 to 19.7 miles and from 3,375 to 7,926 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Horton Creek Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
This trail follows treads along Horton Creek past waterfalls and winds through magnificent stands of pine. Great area to combine other trails to form a loop hike.Show more
#2 - Water Wheel Falls
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 42 m
Note: The parking lot is closed due to COVID-19 but parking is available along the road. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Please note that local authorities may close the traiShow more
#3 - Pine Creek Trail
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 33 m
It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. Begin by following GowShow more
#4 - Barnhardt Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 5 h 49 m
This route starts in the Barnhardt Canyon along a creek. During wet months, you may see a waterfall there. This route can be made into a loop with the addition of the Y Bar Trail. Wear pants to avoiShow more
#5 - Ellison Creek Cascades
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
Access to the walk can be made from the Second Crossing parking area in a lot just down the road from the entrance to the old dirt road where you can park, eat, and enjoy the creek view! (with bathroShow more
#6 - Cypress Trail to Boulders Trail Loop
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
A short little downhill single track trail right outside of town. Fairly easy but loose sand might get a little sketchy.Show more
#7 - Gowan Trail
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 16 m
As of February 2020, bridge at the bottom that connects to the natural bridge is closed to flooding. Show more
#8 - See Canyon Trail #184
Sitgreaves National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
A nice hike in the Mogollon rim area. Show more
#9 - Monument Peak Loop Trail
Tonto National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Monument Peak Loop Trail is part of the PATS. This hike has everything from shaded wooded areas, a small seasonal stream and an open meadow.Show more
#10 - Hells Gate Trail
Hellsgate Wilderness
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 7 h 50 m
This is a hard hike, but you are rewarded with beautiful views and swimming holes at the end. It makes a great overnight trip for backpacking.Show more
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