Payson, Arizona

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Kathy Noltze, President

Gila County

Property Purveyor


All photos copyright Kathy Noltze unless otherwise indicated.


The largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world surrounds Payson, Arizona.


About us







The geographic center of Arizona is Payson.

5000' elevation

Mogollon Rim.


Pause for refreshment in

Pine, Arizona. Cafs and small restaurants seem to outnumber fast food chain eateries in this part of the world.



Green Valley Lake

Established in 1882, the town's original name was Green Valley. With the help of Levi Joseph Payson, the federal government created a post office in 1884 and changed its name.

This one wears a feather hat.



This one stayed close to me and sunned himself.

(I didn't feed him, honest!)


This one liked ditch water for drinking.

I am outta here.


They lay in the weeds like our state troopers.


Fishing from the pier.

I saw full stringers of fish.







Tanks of fish

The lakes and creeks are well-stocked with trout from the hatchery in the

summer months. They use other sources to stock catfish, bass, and others.



Almost ready for release...


Newly hatched...

Near the source of Tonto Creek

Kohl's Ranch


These are the riverfront cabins at Kohl's Ranch and the path that runs along the creek's edge.




This Blue Spruce was someone's Christmas tree before they planted it on the creek's edge.


Cabin across the creek


Tonto Creek






Private Property next to Kohl's

Stables at Kohl's Ranch

(I don't ride, but I stepped in horse apples once.)



Solitude on Tonto Creek at Kohl's Ranch

97% of the land around Payson is held by the US Forest Service or various tribal governments.

Wall under the bridge

Man-made bridge at bottom






Tonto Natural Bridge



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