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Cabin by Tonto Creek

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
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:
19 April, 2018

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 Payson

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:
  • 1000 sq ft
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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average rating of 4.6086955 based on 23 reviews

piece full and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we stayed in a cabin. It was a great experience. We are looking forward to another visit in the future.

The cabin is just as you see it on the web. The stream was just a short walk away. The outside is dreamy and has a lot of greenery.

We didn’t know what to expect being it was our first time and we were going to have our Thanksgiving meal here. Without any issues the kitchen was well stocked. The inside was cozy and well accommodating in the rooms.

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 04/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Let's go again!

  • 5 of 5

Always a great adventure!

  • Review Submitted: 27/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint family retreat , amazing location

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was just right for us. We stayed there with our seven year-old son and nine year old daughter. They loved having Tonto Creek just out back.

  • Review Submitted: 08/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 11/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: 06/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 23/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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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

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$320.98
Cleaning AU$141.23
Security AU$320.98
Tax Rate 6.6%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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