First Water

Payson, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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In Arizona, 4x4 access and camping along a flowing creek is a pretty rare opportunity. This particular camping area has recently opened, allowing users easy access to the Mogollon Rim Country around Payson, Arizona. The nearby First Crossing recreation site is often a starting point for hikers beginning their trek up to the Waterwheel Park, that's found just to the north. With the creek flowing year-round and an abundance of large shade trees, it's a wonderful reprieve from the Arizona heat. Using this area as a base camp allows visitors easy access to all kinds of trails and adventures while still being close enough to all the conveniences of Payson just 7 miles away.


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1. Trailhead FR3091 (0 mi)
Travel east along the narrow brush lined trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson

From Payson, Arizona, travel north on Hwy. 260 until Houston Mesa Road, past the roundabout and across from Home Depot. Travel north on Houston Mesa Road for 6.8 miles. A few hundred feet before the bridge at First Crossing, on the east side of the road, turn right at the trail entrance. There are large boulders helping mark the entrance.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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