PLACES TO STAY

With everything from ghostly hotel encounters to cabins in the woods to secluded camping spots to quaint bed and breakfasts, Gila County has it all. Live the Wild!

DINING OPTIONS

Food choices abound in Gila County. Spicy, sizzling, ethnic, elegant and farm-to-fork. Cocktails, wineries and craft-brewed beer, it's all here.     Taste the Wild!

THINGS TO DO

This is the place where forest, lakes, deserts and sky meet between 2,000 and 8,000 feet above sea level.  Best part...it is only 90 minutes from Phoenix. Explore the Wild!

SHOPPING

Love to Shop?  Get ready to experience diversity like none other.  Find quaint knick-knacks, antiques, trinkets perfect for your home decor and much more! Browse the Wild!

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Located in the Heart of Arizona, Gila County is welcoming, affordable, and beckons the adventurous soul to answer the call of the wild. Here, you live through your senses: pine. unobstructed views. breathtaking sunsets. Here your adventure is as wild as you want to make it.

This is your gateway to national forests, epic hikes, steeped in historic western frontier lore with cowboys, native Americans, miners, ranchers and outlaws   — from eagles and rainbow trout to ponderosa pine and saguaro cactus. From here, you can trek, paddle, ride the trail, or cast your line.

The stories of the old west were written here, left to us from generations of ranchers, cowboys, Native Americans and miners who were rugged enough to try and tame this wild land.  It is their stories that come alive and give us all a glimpse of what it was like to live by the sweat of your brow and the speed of your six-gun.  

Learn of Arizona Charlie Meadows and the legacy of the modern day rodeo.  Discover ancient Native American culture and visit the replica museum of western author Zane Grey.  Lay claim to the history of the mining industry and its rugged past.   Lastly, learn of one of the most deadly family feuds in western history between the Tewksbury's and Graham's.

All of the communities in Gila County know how to put on a party.  Having your family come and join in all the fun is our pleasure.  Whether you attend the Payson, Hometown 4th of July, the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Pleasant Valley Days in Young or the Cinco de Mayo activities in Globe, Arizona - you and your family will create memories not soon forgotten. 

Enjoy culture and history at the Apache Jii Festival in Globe or the Arizona State Old Time Fiddlin' Arizona State Championships.  If you like to run and get muddy sign up for the Payson, Mogollon Monster Mudda 5k Mud Run or set out on the trail for the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race.  There is truly something for everyone here.

GILA COUNTY ADVENTURE FORUM

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Are you ready to take an adventure like none other and open yourself up to the experiences and beauty that life gives you?  If so then Gila County was made for you.  Below we have compiled some of the best adventure itineraries into a half, full day and extended experience packages.  All you have to do is follow the itinerary to create memories and Explore the Wild.

TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE 

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Thousands of years in the making, this travertine bridge is thought to be the largest in the world.  Discover this rare gem in Gila County's Rim Country.

NATIVE AMERICAN ADVENTURE

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Step back in time and visit a 200-room prehistoric Salado masonry pueblo overlooking Pinal Creek, Cliff Dwellings ancient villages and much more.

BOATING FUN 

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Kayaking, white water rafting, tubing, canoeing or water skiing are all forms of boating fun you can find in Arizona's Gila County.

THE MOGOLLON RIM

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Majestic, breathtaking and wide open.  Here you can make your call to the wild and hear its reply.

WINE AND BREW TOUR

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Gila County offers those with a finer taste a burgeoning wine and brew pub experience like none other.  

WORLD'S OLDEST

Continuous Rodeo Itinerary

Home to the birthplace of the modern day rodeo, bulls, broncs, mud and fun - wild was born here.