Tonto Nat'l Forest Riverside Cabin!

Sleeps 42 BR1 BA


Catch trout on the East Verde River at this historic 2-bed, 1-bath Payson vacation rental! Nestled in the Tonto National Forest at 5,000 feet, this private cabin retreat appeals to both outdoorsmen and alpine adventurers. Feel free to lounge in the riverside cabana, then explore some of the state's most prized scenic gems, such as the Mogollon Rim and Tonto Natural Bridges. Back home, enjoy a well-deserved rest by the big rock fireplace and dream of more adventures tomorrow!


  • Essentials
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Free Parking
  • Wireless Internet (WIFI)
  • Self Check-In
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Central Heating
  • Laptop Friendly
  • Waterfront
  • Kitchen


Location Details

EAST VERDE RIVER (on-site): Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing

HIKING TRAILS: Water Wheel Falls Hiking Trail (1.8 miles), Cypress Trail (11.6 miles), Deer Creek Trailhead (11.9 miles), The Boulders Loop Trailhead (13.0 miles), Highline Trail (17.4 miles), Pine Trailhead (19.0 miles), Mogollon Rim (41.5 miles)

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY: Rumsey Park (8.9 miles), Green Valley Park (10.4 miles), Green Valley Lake (11.6 miles), Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (18.2 miles)

PAYSON (9.5 miles): Shops, restaurants, museums

GETTING HERE: Tempe (90.6 miles), Flagstaff (98.2 miles), Phoenix (98.3 miles)

AIRPORTS: Payson Regional Airport (8.6 miles), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (91.5 miles)


25 reviews
  • Nature and Nostalgia


    It is the perfect little cabin with nature and nostalgia. Two clean bedrooms, ample living space with kitchen table, full size fridge, microwave, and likely other amenities I don't recall as I didn't need them during my stay. On the second night we were relaxing in the living room when we heard something outside. Oh it was just an elk strolling through the front yard. We had three sightings in total during our three day stay. We took the board games (supplied with cabin) and our guitar and hung out in the panoramic cabana the next day. The creek is right behind the cabin to listen and enjoy. A great escape with thoughtful owners.

    Published September 30, 2022
  • Riverside Cabin


    My wife and I have stayed at this particular cabin several times over the past couple of years. We continue to return because the couple that owns this cabin are absolutely the best and most friendly folks we've ever met. They are more like "dear friends" or family truth be told. And, we love the area, the cabin and the people that live in the immediate area.

    It is always an enjoyable time. The weather, the environment, the cabin and everything that this area has to offer is more like our home - away from home. My wife and I will continue to rent this unit in the future as it is our favorite place to relax and have a pleasant time. The cabin is always ready, clean & tidy.

    The owners truly make the difference at this retreat. We have found a place that is reasonable, always pristine and I would be tickled if I were the owner. As long as the Johnson's own this little secret we will continue to book this facility. Our plans call for us to be in Payson about every 4 months and this will always be our 1st choice - bar none.

    Published September 19, 2022
  • Cute


    Very quaint cottage. Loved the little cabana. Floors were not clean, lots of cobwebs, toilet base was dirty with pee. Couch smells very old, but I have to say it was comfortable. Beds were fine. We did enjoy the cooler weather.

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Tim W.
    Published August 30, 2022
  • Wonderful Vaca


    The basics are all covered, clean cabin, everything was perfect! Cabaña in back which my 18 year old grandson claimed first for himself. Chairs and picnic table located on a patio where you can sit all day and watch the creek/river go by. It is where we spent the majority of our time. 4 generations; myself 70+ y/o mom and grandma, my son (a school teacher), his son (my 18 year old grandson) and my son's oldest daughter's 7 year old boy. They skipped rocks in the river; we hiked in the woods, we watched animals; squirrels, skunks, lizards, and an Elk which came right up close while grazing. We stayed quiet and let him do his thing then he wandered off, just magnificent. We went to the small playground which was very nice. Overall, we would recommend this stay to everyone. What a great trip and the cabin was perfect!!! Thank you so much.

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Ellen H.
    Published August 16, 2022
  • Recent stay


    The cabin and surroundings were just as we had hoped….sitting and eating on the patio with the creek below was so relaxing….would and hope to return again !!! We loved our stay. my ONLY negative, and purely out of the hands of the host was the dogs that lived across the park that barked continually,!!!! just broke the wonderful sounds of nature, but that being said I would absolutely book the cabin again…

    *This review was originally posted on Vrbo

    Donna R.
    Published July 29, 2022
    Manager's Response:

    Hi Donna, the homeowner would like to share the following: "Sorry about those dogs. But it looks like that problem is resolved with the neighbors. We called the neighbor after noticing that her dogs did not bark when we walked by yesterday. She has installed bark collars on each dog!"

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