Pyeatt Draw

Payson, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.75 miles
Highest Elevation: 5378 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Payson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Payson
Official Road Name: 64, 198
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Payson Ranger District


Highlight: Pyeatt Draw
Pyeatt Draw offers beautiful scenes of tall pines, rocky creek bottoms, the occasional elk and deer, and some rock crawling. Named [2006's BF Goodrich Outstanding Trail](, Pyeatt Draw is a very popular trail and includes some of the areas premier 4-wheeling. Pyeatt Draw can be tackled by wheelers of all skill levels and will offer a feeling of accomplishment for novice drivers. However, only the best built rigs and skillful drivers should tackle the final obstacle which is particularly entertaining to watch.


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1. Pyeatt Draw Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn off Pyeatt Draw Road to the south into the upstream side of the creek. Depending on whether you come from the east or west, turn into the creek opposite the concrete poured on the downstream side of the creek.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson, Arizona.

There are two ways to get to Pyeatt Draw; from the east (AZ-260) or west (AZ-87). EAST: Travel east from the McDonald's restaurant located in Payson on AZ-260 14.6 miles to the Tonto Village turn off. Turn left (west) here onto the Fire Control Road (FR-64). From there, travel west for 5.5 miles to the Pyeatt Draw Road turn off (FR-198) and turn left (west). The trailhead is located another 3.9 miles west on Pyeatt Draw Road (FR-198). This approach to the trailhead is 24 miles in length but is friendly to vehicles towing trailers and campers. WEST: Travel north from the McDonald’s restaurant located in Payson on AZ-87 2.0 miles to the Houston Mesa Road turn off. Turn right (east) here and travel 4.8 miles to Pyeatt Draw Road (FR-198) which is a right turn off of Houston Mesa Road. The trailhead is located another 4.5 miles east on Pyeatt Draw Road (FR-198). This approach to the trailhead is only 11.3 miles.



Land Use Issues

Pyeatt Draw lies nestled in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Payson, Arizona. Information on the forest can be found at the [Payson Ranger District]( located at, 1009 AZ-260, Payson, AZ 85541, (928) 474-7900 Pyeatt Draw is maintained by the [Tonto Recreation Alliance (TRAL)]( This group of volunteers signs and maintains trails within the Tonto National Forest. This trail has also been adopted by the Rim Country 4 Wheelers. Thank you to both organizations for your hard work and dedication to keeping our trails open for all to enjoy.

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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