Pyeatt Draw Parallel

Payson, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Highlight: Pyeatt Draw Parallel
The Pyeatt Draw Parallel offers beautiful scenes of tall pines, rocky creek bottoms, and the occasional elk and deer. The trail gets its name due to the fact it runs parallel to the more difficult 2006 BF Goodrich Outstanding Trail, [Pyeatt Draw]( You get to enjoy two trails at once because this trail gives you cool vantage points to watch off roaders tackling Pyeatt draw, the trail next to you. The last obstacle on Pyeatt Draw, The Final Waterfall is particularly entertaining to watch. The typical line on the last obstacle is to the far left of the trail however, hardcore buggies will sometimes try the line directly in the middle of the creek. Whatever way is used to conquer the trail, you are bound see some impressive rock crawling skills. There are many places to camp along this trail and it makes for a full and fun day combining the two trails.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn right/southward off of FR 198 and onto FR 1256 to access the trail. This is a very popular area, people can often be seen camping here. The Pyeatt Draw Parallel trailhead is approximately 100 ft to the east of the Pyeatt Draw trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead

Travel north of the intersection of highways 87 and 260 in Payson, Arizona 2 miles to Houston Mesa Road (FR 199) and turn right/east. Travel north on Houston Mesa Road approximately 4.8 miles to the intersection of Houston Mesa Road and Pyeatt Draw Road (FR 198) and turn right/east. Continue northeast on FR 198 4.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.



Land Use Issues

The Pyeatt Draw Parallel lies nestled in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Payson, Arizona. Information on the forest can be found here: The local ranger district office is located here: Payson Ranger District, 1009 AZ-260, Payson, AZ 85541, (928) 474-7900 The Pyeatt Draw Parallel, located within the Tonto National Forest, is maintained by the Tonto Recreation Alliance (TRAL). This group of volunteers signs and maintains trails within the Tonto National Forest. Follow their work and projects [here]( 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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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: My brother has a Yamaha wolverine side by side that is completely stock. With your experience will he be able to make it down the parallel trail with no problems?
–Blair Jones (10/04/2020)
–Bobby Nelson (10/04/2020)

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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 pass on that knowledge to our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on challenging 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 YouTube
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