The towns of Pine and Strawberry are located north of Payson, just below the Mogollon Rim at 7,000 feet in elevation. Visitors to Pine and Strawberry enjoy the many art studios and antique shops. In Strawberry you can visit the old schoolhouse that was built in 1895. This historic site is a one-room, fully restored schoolhouse that has been outfitted with period desks, chalkboards, and old schoolbooks. Strawberry also hosts the annual Strawberry Festival featuring several artisan booths and food venders. The Pine/Strawberry Museum is located in Pine. This museum displays the archeology and cultural history of this region including displays and artifacts dated back to the 1800s when the Mormons first settled the many communities.
Kohl’s Ranch is 18 miles northeast of Payson. Kohl’s Ranch Lodge has rented rooms and served meals since the days when folks traveled the old wagon trails to the Mogollon Rim. Travelers came from miles around to join in the old Saturday night dances. Today the Lodge caters to timeshare customers as well as conventional hotel guests and offers separate cabins. The Lodge features a wedding chapel, horseback riding, trails for mountain biking or hiking, tennis courts, pools, badminton courts, and karaoke nights.
Christopher Creek was named after a pioneer settler named Isadore Christopher. Here you will find private homes as well as cabin rentals. Homes, cabins, the Landmark Saloon, and the Creekside restaurant all line the banks of this spring-fed creek. Visitors enjoy live music, dancing, and great food. Christopher Creek is also the home of the Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout facility open seven days a week through September.