The Perfect Fall Trip to Strawberry, AZ

Strawberry, Arizona is a popular weekend retreat for desert-dwellers that want to escape the summer heat, see fall leaves changing or enjoy winter weather. Sitting at an elevation of about 6,000 feet, Strawberry offers meadows of springtime wildflowers, cool refreshing summer temperatures, brilliant autumn colors, an abundance of wildlife and tranquility. The pristine scenic beauty of the Mogollon Rim Country can be seen from Strawberry, which boasts the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine forests in the world, making a trip up to see the colors changing well worth the drive.

Strawberry has a rich history. The area of Strawberry was once home to large numbers of Native Americans like the Tonto Apaches and the Yavapai. An increased presence of soldiers in the area during the 1860s unfortunately forced the Tribes to migrate to other locations. The area eventually was resettled by Mormon settlers beginning in about 1875. They named the area “Strawberry” due to the abundance of wild strawberries that grow in the region. Gold discovery became a magnet to new settlers that embodied the pioneering spirit that is still evident in Strawberry’s rustic atmosphere.

The historic charm of Strawberry remains today as seen in the oldest school house in Arizona. Built in 1885, the schoolhouse still remains and is a popular destination for tourists. It is a must-see stop for visitors to the area. Although the population of Strawberry is only about 2,000 people, that number swells dramatically during the summer months and weekends when vacationers flock to the area to escape the heat and enjoy the small town ambience. Many vacationers buy summer homes and cabins making Strawberry their home away from home. Strawberry is a quiet, tranquil place where outdoor lovers will enjoy the lush hiking trails, clean campgrounds and fishing the crystal blue lake waters that surround the area.


Strawberry Inn: this boutique getaway not only offers king and queen hotel rooms but cottages, cabins and newly added Airstreams. Yes, you read that right! You can book a stay in an Airstream suite, featuring a bathroom, kitchenette and one has a private hot tub. Their cottages sleep 4-6 people and they have a cabin that can sleep up to 10. Check out their website for more information or to book a reservation.

There are privately owned cabins you can find on AirBnB or VRBO as well.

Sometimes escaping the city means a slower pace, but you don’t have to compromise fun! While visiting you can go horseback riding, rent ATVs, hike the East Verde River, explore Woods Canyon Lake and shop at the local small businesses nearby. There are also some popular food spots that we recommend you try: Provisions, Pinewood Tavern, Mama Joe’s and the farmers market!

Strawberry is about 100 miles north of Phoenix, 17 miles east of Payson AZ and just 3.5 miles from Pine. Depending upon travel plans, what you want to see and your origination point in the Phoenix area will determine which route to Strawberry is most convenient.

From North and West Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 North to Highway 260 which is just before reaching Camp Verde. Take 260 East to Arizona 87 and then South on 87 into Strawberry.

From Scottsdale and East Phoenix Areas. Take Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) Northeast to Payson AZ. Upon reaching Payson, stay on Highway 87 for about 16 miles to Strawberry.

After your visit you are sure to return home and have fallen in love with a new place in Arizona. Owning your own piece of Strawberry is possible! We currently have a client that has land in the dream town. Contact us for more details or to learn more about owning property. Email: