Nestled among towering pine trees, high in the mountains of Arizona, Pine provides a peaceful getaway. Here, refreshing breezes blow year-round, and the summer sunshine encourages you to get outdoors. Test your casting skills in Pine Creek, or enjoy a challenging hike to the spectacular Tonto natural bridge. If you’re in search of pure relaxation, simply kick back with a book or take in the view of the forest while sitting on your front porch. Start your search for your perfect Pine vacation rental at these locations in and around Pine.

1. Strawberry Hollow

Edge of the Mogollon Rim
Source: Flickr / Alan Levine

Stay within walking distance of many local restaurants in Strawberry Hollow. This quiet neighborhood sits just off of Highway 260, where you can find popular local eateries such as Old County Inn and Early Bird Cafe. Vacation rentals in this area consist mainly of single-family homes, so it’s easy to find space for the whole family. After a day of mountain biking through the surrounding mountains, come home to a peaceful yard, and relax under the shade of a pine tree.

2. Pine Creek

Sky Flames, Sunset over Pine
Source: Flickr / Alan Levine

Enjoy maximum privacy in the homes surrounding Pine Creek, which is located in the northeast corner of town. Vacation rentals in this sprawling area often feature large yards, so you can enjoy coffee on the porch in complete peace. Nearby, local hiking trails make it easy to climb into the surrounding hills for beautiful panoramic views. Highway 260 is just minutes away, so you can grab dinner or get on the road quickly.

3. Southwest Pine

Approaching Pine, Arizona
Source: Flickr / Ken Lund

Secure your own piece of mountain paradise in Southwest Pine. With its quiet, winding roads and tall trees, this lovely area exudes the peace of the forest. Low traffic levels make it easy to explore the neighborhood on foot or by bike. When you’re ready to get off the beaten path, head up Hardscrabble Mesa Road for immediate mountain access. The area is populated by abandoned mining structures that make for exciting off-trail hiking.

4. Strawberry Valley

Flume Trail
Source: Flickr / Deborah Lee Soltesz

A few minutes down the road from Pine, Strawberry Valley is a great place for family-friendly vacation rentals. Here, classic ranch-style homes sit in the center of sprawling yards, providing plenty of room for the kids to roam safely. Stock up on snacks for your kitchen, or head for two nearby local favorites: Mamajoes Italian Grill and The StrawBEARY Bear.

5. West Strawberry

Strawberry Panorama
Source: Flickr / Alan Levine

Vacation rentals in the west end of Strawberry place you away from the highway and close to some of the area’s best hiking, making it a great spot for active travelers. For great views, choose a home in the northern hills. If you prefer wide-open spaces, look for properties close to the large fields along West Fossil Creek Road. Get active and explore the area by heading up into the hills on one of many local trails. Nearby, the historic Strawberry Schoolhouse offers a glimpse at pioneer life in the mountains.

6. Fossil Creek

Waterfall Trail on Fossil Creek
Source: Flickr / Deborah Lee Soltesz

For the outdoor-minded traveler, it’s hard to beat a vacation rental near Fossil Creek. Look for homes near the Fossil Creek trailhead to enjoy early access to this popular trail. Leave the car in the lot, and hike to the famous “Toilet Bowl,” a swirling pool of water. For a less-challenging excursion, hike the one-mile Waterfall Trail, which ends in a towering waterfall and a popular swimming hole. If you’re visiting with kids, skip the hikes and head to one of the many day-use areas along the creek.

7. Geronimo Estates

Srikanth Vk Follow Tonto Natural Bridge Park
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Get off the grid in Geronimo Estates, a tiny community tucked high in the mountains. Situated 10 miles from Pine, this ultra-quiet area provides complete quiet at all hours. Opt for a vacation rental on the outskirts of town to enjoy the best of the forest. Watch wildlife from your front porch, or simply enjoy a book beneath the shade of a pine tree. Be sure to stock up on groceries in Pine or Strawberry, as there are no nearby restaurants. Geronimo Estates is a great jumping-off point for trips to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, where you can explore massive geological formations and miles of hiking trails.

8. Rumsey Park

Pine wilderness
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If you’re looking for fast access to the Pine wilderness with a few more creature comforts, look no further than Rumsey Park, a small neighborhood in Payson. Vacation rentals in this area are particularly convenient if you’re flying in; the Payson Airport sits just a few minutes away. Stock up on vacation supplies at the local retailers, and enjoy a family night out at the pool and playgrounds in Rumsey Park.

9. Central Payson

Payson, AZ
Source: Flickr / Karl Mead

Lose yourself in a classic mountain town in central Payson. This busy town, which sits approximately 20 minutes from Pine, buzzes with a relaxed Western vibe year round. Vacation rentals near the downtown area make it easy to walk to local restaurants. Bring your pet to the animal-friendly Macky’s Grill, or indulge in house-made smoked meats at Susie’s Q Barbecue. Get there early, as the restaurant closes when the daily batch runs out. Before you head out on an adventure, learn about local history and geology at the Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin.