Granite Mountain Wilderness

Take your hiking books to a geological site that will challenge and inspire you in the Granite Mountain Wilderness near Payson.

Hit the trails in Granite Mountain Wilderness! Located a few miles southeast of Payson, this picturesque geological site (not to be confused with Watson Lake and the Granite Dells in Prescott) is home to ravines, trails and huge rocky outcroppings jutting above the pines and firs.

History & Nature

You’ll be greeted with a flurry of wildlife such as elk, deer, wild boar, and countless small critters. The rewarding hiking here is loaded with juniper, pine, fir, and a variety of indigenous ground cover. Photo opps abound not only with the wildlife and vegetation, but also the remarkable terrain. Steep, rocky buttresses provide a unique backdrop to your photography.

Things To Do

Hiking is the name of the game in Granite Mountain Wilderness. Proper hiking boots are a must in this area where steep terrain requires caution. If you tolerate the heat well, then you might be up for an early morning summer hike, but in general, spring, fall, and early winter are the best times to come explore. Parts of the trail are also great for ATVing and mountain biking.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

Nearby Payson, Arizona offers plenty of hotel and lodging options, as well as RV parks and campgrounds. Camping is not allowed within the Granite Mountain Wilderness area.

Hours & Pricing

Open daily, year-round.

Entrance Fee: Free

For More Information

Town of Payson Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department
1000 W Country Club
Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 472-5110

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As the gateway to Arizona's dramatic high country, Payson offers four-season recreation.