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Cabin by Tonto Creek

Bedrooms 2
Space 92 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 bath, wonderful views.

The Cabin is situated on 3 lots providing space from the neighboring cabins. The elevation is 5300 feet which is typically 15 to 20 degrees or more cooler than the Phoenix metro area.

The upstairs sleeping area (4 beds) can be divided for privacy using the bi-fold doors. The downstairs sofa bed sleeps 2.

The Kitchen has a gas stove, 2 apartment size refrigerators, microwave, coffee maker (you provide the grounds, we provide the filters) toaster and toaster oven. Plates, cups, glasses, flatware, and pots and pans are provided.

We have an amazing view of Tonto Creek from The Cabin both indoors and out. The creek access is via a stone stairway with handrail. The creek has a shallow play area for younger kids, and a deeper are for older children and adults. NO DIVING, there are rocks in the water. The deeper end is also a favorite for fishing.

There is a covered patio and 1 covered parking space. There is a second level deck over the parking spot giving great views. There is additional uncovered parking on the driveway and on the north side of the property (north access by removing 2 fence rails). The Cabin is on a dead end road so traffic is minimal.

The location is 673 S. Meadow Lane, Payson, Az. 85541. The street name was changed as part of 911 registration and used to be Mockingbird Lane. If a mapping program cannot find Meadow Lane, try Mockingbird Lane.

Horse riding is available within a 10 minute walk.

The Zane Grey Restaurant and Bar at the Kohls Ranch Lodge is excellent for Lunch or Dinner and is also a 10 minute walk.

Christopher Creek is about 5 minutes past the Kohls Ranch turn on highway 260. The area offers a general store, and additional dining options.

ASU Camp Tontozona is also within a 10 minute walk. ASU preseason football training is there each summer.

The Cabin can also provide a great base camp for hunting or fishing.

A propane grill is available on the lower patio.

A washer and dryer are also provided for your convenience.

The Cabin front is to the community meadow. The meadow is restricted to residents and guests. It is a great area to play catch, softball, or just hang out. Shortly before sunset the meadow is definitely the place to be. Setup chairs and enjoy the twilight. Often there are birds catching bugs in the air around sunset and it is great to watch. After dark, walk out to the meadow and look up. The stars are amazing. With a pair of binoculars you can see lots and lots of stars, the moon if it is up, and planets if up. Some people spread out a tarp and observe lying on their back (do not use a blanket or sheet, it will be covered in burs and twigs).

This is a No Smoking property. Smoking indoors or near the patios will result in loss of your Security Deposit. There are designated smoking areas to each side of the property.

NO FIRE. Camp Fires are not allowed. The single greatest threat to The Cabin is Fire. There is NO location within which to make a camp fire either on the property or the Meadow. Since we are within a national forest everyone is quite paranoid concerning open fires.

The property is about 15 minutes from Payson (for those things you thought you brought but find out that you did not). Also Payson offers a wide choice of Restaurant dining and entertainment. The property is also about 20 minutes away from the top of the Mogollon Rim (7000 feet) where you can enjoy a panoramic view, and offering several destinations (Heber, Woods Canyon Lake, and much more).

Guest Testimonial:

"We really enjoyed our stay at your cabin. My kids had a blast being so close to the creek. It was great not having internet. Very nice, clean, user friendly, and perfect for small children. We may have worn out the carpet on the inside stairs a bit. My 2&4 yr olds loved the spiral stairs. They have never seen interior stairs. I hope we left it in decent shape.

I appreciate that it was clean and well maintained.

I can't say that we will be back. As we enjoy trying new things but, I will certainly suggest your situation at every opportunity. We spent a day hiking and fishing the creek and visiting the fish hatchery. And another day 4-wheeling up at Milk Point. We also spent time playing on the lawn and watching movies in the evening. Thank you for a great experience all the way around."

Unfortunately the property was constructed beginning the the 1950, and as such is not ADA compliant. There are level changes from the front porch, side patio, stairs to the creek, and upstairs bedrooms.

This property has mounted animal trophies (2). If a person finds this offensive, they should not rent this property.

More Details

John Durham
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
8 October, 2017

About John Durham

I am an Arizona native living in Mesa, Az. I graduated from ASU in 1972 with a B.S. in Electronic Engineering. I married Nellie (also an Az native) in 1972 and she has not thrown me out yet. We have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

I was the second generation owner and operator of the family business, Durham Communications. I have retired from the business and entrusted its continuing operation to my son (third generation).

John Durham purchased this cabin in 1952

Why John Durham chose Arizona

The original core of the cabin was constructed in 1951 - 52 by William Durham and family. The cabin has never been sold, but rather has been passed down within the family.

Over the years rock work (patio, front area) was added.

The upstairs bedrooms and elevated patio were added in the 1970s.

What makes this cabin unique

One of the best creek-side locations on Tonto Creek.

Swimming / fishing hole which transitions to shallows for wading.

Three lot property creates plenty of room from the neighbors.

Interesting architecture and installed art (stained glass window, large dream catcher).

Low traffic area on dead end road.

Close to the Mogollon Rim and rim lakes


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Payson

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Down Stairs Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower has a low ceiling, fits a person 5' 8" or shorter
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower fits taller people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Up Stairs Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 large double bed , 2 single bed , Can be 1 large room or 2 rooms using the accordian divider
    Sofa by TV - 1 sofa bed/futon , Same type of sofa as in the Creek room
    Creek Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , A sofa you can actually get some sleep on
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Cabin by Tonto Creek
average rating of 4.55 based on 20 reviews

Weekend escape

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for just hanging out, relaxing, and escaping the heat. Easy, quick drive from Phoenix. The group ranged from 2 to 86, and accommodated all activity levels. Everything was clean, well organized, and specific directions were provided to utilize everything.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wickenburg, AZ

Awesome property at an amazing price.

  • 4 of 5

Family getaway for the 4th of July holiday. Loved everything about the property. The owners were great to work with and all the little things where thought of (games, movies, music, tonto creek access, outside folding chairs, barbecue grill, books, etc. The property is located perfectly between the rim and Payson. Would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family's favorite place to escape the heat, unplug and relax.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cabin during the week of record setting heat in the valley. We were apprehensive about staying cool with the valley at 120° and no AC in the cabin. We were presently surprised that we were never hot! Payson is 20° Cooler than the valley and the cabin is 8 to 10° Cooler than Payson. The cabin is under tall pines and fits so there is plenty of shade. We slept with select windows open so we could hear the creek. In the morning we would close the windows and blinds on the sunny side. In the afternoon we turned on the evaporative cooler and stayed pleasantly comfortable. Don't let the lack of AC discourage you from this peaceful get-away. Whether you want to hike, fish, antique shop in nearby towns, or just relax and enjoy nature, this rustic cabin is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, location, location!

  • 4 of 5

The property was exactly as advertised. Very clean and well appointed. We had problems initially with the hot water heater, and the owner drove 2 hours on a holiday weekend night to fix it the same day! The cabin is on one of the best spots on Tonto Creek! We spent hours fishing and sitting on the outside patio watching people enjoying the creek. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was the design of the sleeping arrangement upstairs, not allowing for much privacy. It was a wonderful place to spend a relaxing weekend, and we will be back! Also, enjoyed the proximity to Kohl's Ranch resort, where we enjoyed dinner one night.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gilbert, AZ

Wonderful get away!

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful get away and a short drive from Gilbert (just under two hours). Our family of four and small dog were very comfortable and the limited access to the internet was refreshing. We enjoyed the many dvds and card games. Having the Kohls Lodge walking distance was also a plus. We enjoyed Tonto Creek! Fishing and hearing it near by was unbelievable. The spiral staircase could be a challenge for some, but no issues for us. We hope to be back soon. Working with John was great and he was very responsive.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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50s Charm!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this sweet little place for a too-brief stay and was overwhelmed with its' old-school charm. I have always loved being up "on the Rim" at Tonto Creek -- since I was a kid. This place brought me back to my childhood as I marveled at the period touches, and this cabin was very comfy too! It has a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, a great little kitchen-living area with comfy chairs and sofas, and the bed I chose to sleep in upstairs (it was just me this trip) was very comfortable. I loved the covered flagstone deck/bar-b-que area where I could sit and watch the beautiful creek below. Listening to that creek night and day was so relaxing. I was impressed at how clean and ready-to-use the cabin was when I arrived. Don't be discouraged by the green shag carpet -- it has been very well maintained and is very clean and soft. It also adds to the vibe of the place, which has been kept neat-as-a-pin!

This cabin sits on a really good-size lot ON the creek, and because of that it was very peaceful. Because I had Verizon for my cell service I was able to get email and phone calls and to make outgoing calls, and there is also a landline in the cabin. I had everything I needed to cook, and the stove and oven worked great. In addition to the two fridges, there was also a toaster, toaster oven, real drip coffee maker, and microwave. Lots of great movies were available to watch on the flatscreen tv, and there were some good cds to play as well on the cd player. I really really enjoyed staying here -- I relaxed, I felt safe (alarm system!), and I was so comfy. The owner, Mr. Durham, was so helpful and responsive. I can't wait to come up again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Phoenix Sky Harbor
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Kohls Ranch Lodge
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Payson Muni
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Arizona Highway 260
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Kohls Ranch Lodge

The Cabin is located in the Tonto National Forrest on the banks of Tonto Creek. The creek is stocked for fishing. Swimming / wading in the creek on warm summer days is wonderful therapy.

The Cabin fronts onto an open meadow that is for the use of residents and their guests. Sitting in the meadow around sunset is a great way to start the evening. Take a few minutes after dark to go back into the meadow and look up. You can also take binoculars to view the moon, some bright stars, and planets.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin in Payson

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$350.65
Cleaning A$153.01
Security A$350.65
Tax Rate 6.6%

Security and Pet deposits are refundable when the property is left without damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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