THE SCENERY AND LOCATION IS ONE OF A KIND.
Leave your stress behind and immerse yourself in unparalleled relaxation at “The Rock House.” Put your watch away and let us whisk you into a place we call pure serenity……The air is crisp & clean – the stars shine brightly and you will peacefully fall asleep to the melodic sound of the gently flowing East Verde River. No traffic, no noise – just nature. The Rock House affords its guests to truly experience “being in another world.”
Visit the Rim Country – You’ll Love it……..
The largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the country – second largest national forest in the United States - Endless panoramic views across mountainous horizons - Bountiful blooming meadows in the spring - Refreshing cool summer temperatures - The blazing colors of fall - Beautiful winter snowfalls…. That’s only part of the attraction of Payson Arizona and its sister towns of Pine and Strawberry Arizona. Incredible scenery and four full and distinctive seasons of continuous fun and outdoor adventure.
Payson and its surrounding area is at the heart of Mogollon Rim Country which is often called the “Alpine Region” of Arizona. In Payson there’s so much to do and so much to see. Enjoy picturesque golf, hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. If you’re a bird-watcher, you’re in for a treat with migratory Canadian geese, a variety of wild ducks, hummingbirds, finch and even bald eagles that nest in the Payson area.
Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. The discovery of the small and beautiful valley between Pine and Payson was documented in 1877 by David Gowan, a Scottish prospector who stumbled across the bridge as he was being chased by Apache Indians. Gowan hid for two nights and three days in one of several caves that dot the inside of the bridge - and so impressed was he by the unusual, secluded location that he persuaded his family to emigrate and live there. Although they left in 1948 their lodge remains - since being included in the National Register of historic places - and forms the centerpiece of the buildings in the state park, which is reached by a short, newly paved side road (FR 583) off AZ 87 11 miles north of Payson - this crosses a plateau with wildflowers and small trees, then drops steeply 800 feet to the canyon floor. The bridge is not immediately apparent, as beyond the park buildings stretches a flat meadow that seems to cover all the ground between the canyon walls. The creek actually runs a hundred feet lower in a narrow gorge, the edge of which is hidden by trees, flows under the bridge beneath the meadow and continues downstream through a rather wider canyon. Depending on which dimension is used as a measurement, Tonto is the worlds largest travertine bridge - 180 feet high, 400 feet long and about 100 feet thick on top. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world..
Today, visitors can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to capture the true size and beauty of this geologic wonder.