The museum, which is housed in Payson's 1906 Forest Service ranger station and a replica of a historic local hotel, contains an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia, telling the history of the Rim country and focusing on what life was like as a forest ranger in the early years.
The Exhibit Hall is a replica of the two story Herron Hotel. Considered the "Hilton of Payson", it was lost to fire in 1918.
Adjacent to the Herron is Payson's original Forest Ranger's Station, built in 1907. It is believed to be the oldest station still standing in the West. The front interior has been furnished to represent the early days of the Forest Ranger, and the back serves as our library for local history.
On the grounds is the top portion of the Mt. Ord Firetower also Payson's first fire fighting equipment and fire truck. A bronze memorial statue honors those fire fighters who've lost their lives protecting our forest and our lives.
Novelist and screenplay writer, Zane Grey, became a part of Arizona legend and history. Many of his books were written here against the phenomenal beauty and ruggedness of the Mogollon Rim. Through his writing he brought to many the passion, excitement and quietude of this extraordinary area.
We have an excellent presentation on Zane Grey including many of his personal items such as chaps, saddle, guns, books and posters. The Rim Country Museum is in the process of recreating the Zane Grey cabin, which was destroyed in the Dude fire several years ago. Any parties who would be interested in contributing to this worthwhile activity should contact the museum directly.
The museum has a bookstore and gift shop and guided archive searches are available by appointment.
Admission: Adults, $3.00; Seniors, $2.50; Students, $2.00; Children 12 and under free
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Christmas
Address: 700 Green Valley Parkway
Our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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