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The City The guide was updated:Payson’s beginnings as a settlement are far humbler than its natural beginnings. Established as a town in 1884, it was named after Senator Levi Joseph Payson—under whose influence the first post office was established. Shortly thereafter the “world's oldest continuous” rodeo was held, which has been held annually since.
An elevation of 5,000 feet lends a mild climate to Payson, allowing for outdoor activities through the seasons. Snow in the winter makes way for cross-country skiing and snowboarding while warm springs, summers and falls bring swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, and the like. The world’s largest ponderosa pine tree stands are found in the Tonto National Forest, rim lakes sparkling nearby and streams flow with trout.