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Christopher Creek Area Attractions

A stay at Timberwolf Pines Cabin Retreat will find you just minutes from countless amounts of adventure! With a number of lakes, creeks, trails, local eats, and national monuments, you can ensure that there is always something new to EXPLORE!

Woods Canyon Lake - Outdoor enthusiasts of all types including anglers, boaters, hikers, families, and photographers will find Woods Canyon Lake to be a great getaway. The lake also provides a great rental store for all your adventure needs and ice cream on the way out!

Willow Springs Lake - Willow Springs Lake is one of the most accessible of the Rim lakes and has a very scenic setting in a heavily forested area on the edge of the Mogollon Rim.

Black Canyon Lake - Much like the other lakes listed above this lake is a scenic treat in the middle of the Pines. Due to a fire in the area several years ago the area has lost many trees but still remains beautiful. Black Canyon Lake is only permitted for day use at this time. 

*Each lake is stocked with fish, so head out to the water and drop a line in!

Tonto Fish Hatchery - The fish hatchery is just off Highway 260 on the way to Christopher Creek. For a few quarters, you can feed the fish while learning about the life cycle of the trout

Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery - Canyon Creek is popular among anglers fishing for rainbow trout.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery is nearby. The hatchery is open to the public and offers a self-guided tour of the facility.  Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear, mountain lion, elk, turkey, and deer.

Rancho Tonto Catch A Trout -  Nestled right underneath the rim is Rancho Tonto Fishing Pond. Follow Tonto Fish Hatchery directions.  “Hook em & Cook em”, fish for trout and cook what you catch.

Box Canyon Trail - 10 minutes from the cabin is one of the most gorgeous hikes of Rim Country. This moderate hike leads to beautiful waterfalls, with only a total route of .8 miles. 

Chamberlin Trail - Excellent for riding your ATV from your cabin, down through Haigler Creek and onto Young.  Off Colcord Road, take back road to Young through Haigler Creek.

260 Trailhead - 3 miles east of the cabin. Highline National Recreational Trail with trails ascending to the Mogollon Rim.  The historic trail was established by early homesteads and ranches in the late 1800s.

Payson Ranger Station - 1 Mile to the right of the cabin.  Information on camping, hiking, fishing and hunting in the Rim Country below the Mogollon Rim.  There is a short exercise trail adjacent to the station.

Rim Visitor Center - East on Highway 260.  Information on camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, cross country skiing, etc. Don’t miss the view from the deck!

Haigler Creek - Haigler creek offers rainbows and browns trout all year long and many trails.  It is only 20 minutes from the cabin down the Chamberlin Trail towards Young, Arizona.

Tonto Natural Bridge - The largest natural travertine in the world resides just north of Payson. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. There are three hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group use area.

Mogollon Rim Road -  30 miles north of Payson. Over 7,000 feet in elevation, the rim is a 200-mile long mountain plateau. This scenic drive follows the rim 45 miles east to Highway 260. Vista points along the way provide an awesome view of the Tonto National Forest below. Fishing in the lakes along the way; picnicking, camping, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing make this an unforgettable trip.

Railroad to Nowhere - Take Forest Road 300 and stop at the head of the East Verde River.  A monument to the Battle of Big Dry Wash marks the spot, along with a sign pointing to General Springs.  Follow switchback trail down into the canyon, and the tunnel is hidden up to your left in a side canyon.  This is a difficult hike.

Young Arizona & Bruzzi Vineyard - Bruzzi Vineyard is located in scenic and historic Young, Arizona. We are the first vineyard in Gila County and our grapes are expertly crafted into some of the finest wines in the state. Explore our exceptional wines and local farm products at our tasting room and farm stand here at the vineyard!


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