Strawberry, AZ

December 13-15, 2019

A unique little town in the woods.

Strawberry is located just 75 mile outside of Phoenix, AZ. It is situated at the base of Mogollon Rim. It’s a small, pine town with a population of 1,100.  Strawberry is a great destination for anyone who loves nature and outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking to hike, fish, or just relax in a beautiful setting, there’s something for everyone in this lovely community.

We stayed at The Strawberry Inn, a charming boutique hotel which was renovated back in 2016. They are dog friendly, clean, comfortable and centrally located to the area.  Next door is The Sportsman’s Chalet its the prefect spot for a burger and beer after a hike or day of exploring the area. At night they often have live music and if that’s not available the juke box is waiting for you.

One of the most popular things to do in Strawberry is to explore the nearby Tonto National Forest. This vast wilderness area offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and wildlife watching. Some popular trails in the area include the Pine Canyon Trail, the Fossil Creek Trail, and the Horton Creek Trail. You can also see the Tonto Natural Bridge, this wonder is just 12 mile south of Strawberry. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world, spanning 183 feet across a 400-foot-long tunnel that descends 183 feet down into a creek bed below. The bridge was formed over thousands of years by the erosion of the surrounding rock and soil by water flowing from springs on the top of the plateau.

You can also wander around the area and go antiquing, grub lunch at THAT Brewery & Pub, check out the historical school house, or just sit back and relax, read a book and take in the fresh pine scented air. We were there during the holiday season so there were small street fairs and a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, which you know we couldn’t pass up! 

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