WELCOME TO GILA COUNTY

From legends of the Wild West past to breathtaking views of the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the World, Gila County is more than just a hidden gem in the State of Arizona. In many ways, Gila County represents Arizona in a way so few realize. The diversity of the Saquaro cactus in historic towns such as Globe and Miami to the tall pines and running rivers to the North in towns like Payson and Pine. Explore it for yourself.

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Payson, Arizona

Located in the World's Largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the World!

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Pine/Strawberry, Arizona

The Pine and Strawberry area is famous for places like Fossil Creek & the Tonto Natural Bridge.

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Globe, Arizona

A Mining Community full of history, adventure, and amazing Mexican Cuisine.

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San Carlos, Arizona

The San Carlos Indian Reservation is known for its "Poppies" during the Spring season. 

WHY EXPLORE THE WILD IN GILA COUNTY?

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.

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Explore Gila County

Gila County offers all ages an adventure of a lifetime. Find great hiking trails, camping spots, lakes, rivers, and more!

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Gila County Communites

From Tall Ponderosa Pines to the Saguaro Cactus, Gila County is as diverse as any place in the County.

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Places to Stay

Find the perfect getaway with options of Cabin Rentals, Hotel options, Bed & Breakfast and more!

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Dining Options

Gila County is famous for its Mexican Cuisine and home-style cooking. Plan your next meal!

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Shopping

From Tall Ponderosa Pines to the Saguaro Cactus, Gila County is as diverse as any place in the County.

WILD HISTORY WAS MADE HERE!

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.

Famous Cowboys

Gila County is known for its rough and tough Cowboys. Some of the most deadly outlaws would walk this terrain!

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Native American History

Any history of Gila County would be incomplete without first speaking of the Native American people. Hear their story!

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Mining History

One of Arizona's largest industries is the mines, largely located in Southern Gila County!

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Pioneer History

The great Southwest was scare until Pioneers arrived and settled the land we now know as Gila County.

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Family Stories

Gila County has so many staple families that have roamed this land for decades. Hear their stories.

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WILD FAMILY FUN 

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.

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Food Truck Festival

One of Arizona's largest industries is the mines, largely located in Southern Gila County!

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4th of July Celebration

The great Southwest was scare until Pioneers arrived and settled the land we now know as Gila County.

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Bass Pro Invitational

Gila County has so many staple families that have roamed this land for decades. Hear their stories.

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Apache Jii Festival

Enjoy a weekend of culture and history at the Apache Jii festival in Southern Gila County.

World's Oldest Continous Rodeo

Payson is home to the World's Oldest Continous Rodeo. Each year the best of the best flock to Gila County to compete for Rodeo Glory.

CREATE YOUR ADVENTURE

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.

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.

TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE 

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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.

GILA COUNTY HISTORY

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Discover the history of Gila County.  Due to its remote location, Gila County is full of amazing places that shaped the western frontier.

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.

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GILA COUNTY ADVENTURE FORUM

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