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Property Details

Updated: Apr 27, 2015
House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Just 15 min. from the rim and fishing at Woods Canyon Lake. Bring the kids and the dogs!

Enjoy the quiet elegance of this creekside home nestled among trees, woods, and stream in the hamlet of Christopher Creek. This special retreat is in the mountains 20 miles east of Payson, directly below the stunning Mogollon Rim vista. Less than a mile from the highway, the home is easy to access in all seasons, yet still perfect for those who enjoy quiet, wildlife, and beauty all around them. The hiking and fishing are outstanding in this forested area abounding with lakes, streams, and magnificent mountain views. Or you can enjoy the amenities of nearby Payson, with its antiques, museums, restaurants and shopping.

The home’s large back deck is directly next to the stream, making it a delightful area for eating, relaxing, and wildlife viewing, with many squirrels and birds lending their chatter to the burbling creek sounds. The rim has many hiking trails, and is a great area for cross country skiing. Or simply stay warm at this refreshing retreat and restore your spirit among the trees and sparkling water.

Inside the home awaits another kind of beauty: understated refinement rare to find in a mountain hideaway. The 1900 SF home has two master bedroom suites with private dressing areas and bathrooms, each with patio doors adjoining the 80 foot deck. There is a third central bathroom with shower for guests, next to the laundry and pantry. Cozy, private enough for two, yet able to sleep five, the home is large enough to entertain even more if desired.

*** Angler’s dream – Fish nearby Canyon Creek, best loved stream of Zane Grey, or other well stocked lakes within 30 min. distance.

Keywords: House, Creek, Water, Mountains, Fishing, Hiking, Cabin, Creekside, Trout, Cross-Country Skiing, Autumn, Fall, Home, Holiday, Vacation

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Having owned this home for the past ten years, I can attest to what a joy it is to have quiet couple time or joyous family gatherings here. The home is roomy and comfortable - come see!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house, squirrels, birds and deck! We even caught one rainbow trout in Christopher Creek! (Released it back to wild.) Woods Canyon Lake was a great suggestion. Had great time. We will be in touch to rent again in near future! Thank you!!!
Aug 2013
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Home in the Woods and on the Creek!
+1 -9283002425
Payson Arizona
Laveen AZ

Little Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5
The property was just as described and more spacious than the photos reflect. We felt very safe and slept with the arcadia doors open so we could hear the creek that runs along the back of property. When we arrived, Anita was there to greet us with freshly baked brownies. She is very friendly and was helpful in answering questions about where to go fishing and the surrounding area. We enjoyed our stay so much that we plan to return for another visit. We have already recommended this property to our family, friends and coworkers.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Home in the Woods and on the Creek!
+1 -9283002425
Payson Arizona

Already planning our return...

  • 4 of 5
My family and I stayed at Anita's Creekside Haven for 3 nights this past week and had a wonderful time. The house is clean, cozy and has a lot of space to spread out in. The kitchen is large and has everything you need to make a complete meal, which we did several times.

Forget the inside for a moment because it is the outside, specifically the rear deck that sets this house apart. It is HUGE and runs the entire length of the house. The creek runs by just below the deck, maybe 15' to 20' away. We spent most of our time here listening to the creek and watching the birds and squirrels. The fire pit was very nice during the chilly autumn nights. Speaking of autumn, the trees all around the property and neighborhood were a palette of colors that no artist could recreate. This is the place to come for fall foliage.

The house is a perfect base for outdoor exploration. We fished at the nearby lakes of Woods Canyon and Willow Springs. We went on several hikes including the See Spring Trail which goes to the headwaters of Christopher Creek. Anita's Creekside Haven was a great place to come "home" to after these adventures and we will definitely be back.

Thanks Anita!
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Home in the Woods and on the Creek!
+1 -9283002425
Payson Arizona
Casa Grande, AZ

Great home away from home

  • 5 of 5
We so enjoyed our stay. There were 3 adults, which worked out great with 2 master suites. It was the perfect time of year with the cool nights and morning and warming up during the day, but not as warm as the Phoenix area. We loved the little added touch of warm brownies waiting for us. It was so peaceful and quiet and a perfect place for all of us to relax. We had a couple of minor issues, but were resolved to our satisfaction. One thing I would say is that cell phones don't work in the area, other than Verizon and AT&T. We had 3 small dogs with us, and they loved checking out the area and enjoyed just hanging out on the back porch, as did we..........Thanks Anita for opening up your home to us and thinking of everything. We will definitely hope to see you next year.
  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Home in the Woods and on the Creek!
+1 -9283002425
Payson Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Comfortable, convenient home with wildlife !!

  • 5 of 5
The deck overlooks Christopher Creek and attacks wildlife: birds ( red-headed woodpeckers, Steller jays) a squirrel, and a deer who takes up residence across the creek in September. The highlight of our trip was putting out peanuts in shells and watching them disappear !! The bedrooms and bathrooms are very large. All-in-all a very comfortable home hear hiking.
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Home in the Woods and on the Creek!
+1 -9283002425
Payson Arizona

Great Place for the 4th of July!

  • 4 of 5
We had a wonderful time staying here over the 4th of July weekend. The Christopher Creek neighborhood does its own little golf cart parade through the streets. We enjoyed sitting at the end of the driveway and watching all the action. We did spend most of our time sitting on the deck watching all the squirrels and children playing in the creek. Having a full kitchen made meal planning very easy. This is a wonderful place to sit back and relax. Only a few mile from several different lakes as well. Will definitely visit again!
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I look forward to having you back again! You're right, it is a very special little place - nothing else quite like it. And excellent neighbors! Anita
Home in the Woods and on the Creek!
+1 -9283002425
Payson Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ

T&C from Scottsdale

T&C from Scottsdale
  • 5 of 5
We so enjoyed our stay at Christopher Creek! It was everything we had hoped for. It was very quiet and peaceful. The deck on the back of the house runs along the creek and has a canopy of trees that are just beautiful. We spent many hours out there. The home itself had everything we needed - especially 2 recliners. That is usually T's biggest complaint when we go on vacation - nowhere to get your feet elevated at the end of the day. While the home is very private, it is only 20 minutes to Payson and all the amenities you might need. The neighbors were also very friendly and helpful. Thanks so much for letting us share your home!
  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Glad you came and hope to see you again! Anita


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Sky Harbor Airport at 90 Miles Nearest Barpub : Landmark Grill at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Chaparral at 16 Miles Nearest Motorway : Hwy 260 (2 mi away) at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Creekside Steakhouse at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Sunrise Ski Hill at 100 Miles Car: necessary

*** Angler’s dream – Fish nearby Canyon Creek, best loved stream of Zane Grey, or other well stocked lakes within 30 min. distance.


From $150 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 6 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day
May 22 2015 - May 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jun 28 2015 - Jul 5 2015
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day
Aug 23 2015 - Aug 28 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Refundable damage deposit $300
  • Pet Fee $20
  • Tax Rate 6.65%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: Apr 27, 2015


Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
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  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
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  • VCR
  • Video Library ...


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking

Floor Area

  • 1900 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • bathroom 3 has back porch entrance for mudroom/creek play cleanup w/ shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 1 child bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king, 1 child bed, Cot
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon, 2 recliners; 1 sofa
  • King size beds (2), Child Beds (1)


  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Near Mogollon Rim and fishing at Zane Grey. Horseback Riding 6 mi at Kohl's Ranch. Excellent cross country skiing and gentle hiking. Ideal for hunters - stand alone full freezer also

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