Tonto National Forest

FIRST, SECOND, THIRD CROSSINGS - WATER WHEEL, VERDE GLEN

RANGER DISTRICT
Payson Ranger Station
1009 E. Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541
Phone: (928) 474-7900 Fax: (928) 474-7999
LOCATION AND ACCESS
All sites are accessed from the paved
Houston Mesa Road/Forest Road (FR)
199. FR 199 junctions with State Highway
87 at the north end of the town of Payson.
FIRST CROSSING
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 7
miles
WATER WHEEL
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 7 ½
miles
SECOND CROSSING
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 8
miles
THIRD CROSSING
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 8 ½
miles
VERDE GLEN
Travel on the Houston Mesa Road for 10 miles
to the end of the pavement to the junction of
FR 64. Make a right (east) and travel ½ mile to
the site located on the north side of the road.
SEASON OF USE
April through November
ELEVATION
4800 feet
FEES
None
ATTRACTIONS
Trout fishing and water activities
SITE INFORMATION
No Toilets or Trash Service
CONSIDERATIONS
Overnight camping at these sites is NOT
recommended. Campers who do choose to
camp overnight they need to be equipped
with
a portable toilet or use a self-contained
vehicle.
?Not recommended for trailers over 16 feet
?Limited parking
?No trash service: PACK IT IN, PACK IT
OUT!!
? 14-day Limit
NEAREST COMMERCIAL SERVICES
Payson: All services

Directions

LOCATION AND ACCESS
All sites are accessed from the paved
Houston Mesa Road/Forest Road (FR)
199. FR 199 junctions with State Highway
87 at the north end of the town of Payson.
FIRST CROSSING
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 7
miles
WATER WHEEL
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 7 ½
miles
SECOND CROSSING
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 8
miles
THIRD CROSSING
Travel on Houston Mesa Road/FR 199 for 8 ½
miles
VERDE GLEN
Travel on the Houston Mesa Road for 10 miles
to the end of the pavement to the junction of
FR 64. Make a right (east) and travel ½ mile to
the site located on the north side of the road.