If you go to the north of Payson, the Mogollon Rim country, crisscrossed by several canyons and creeks, is great territory for holes to go swimming in. Some of the most used ones are discovered just to the east of the campground, called the Water Wheel Campground, and it’s a little recreation area off of the Forest Road 199.
As you go east along the creek, and go hiking there, you’ll see a number of swimming holes there. The initial few are shallow and wide, and the ones to the east are fairly deep and narrower. The more up the stream you go, the less you will discover there.
Roughly a quarter-mile from the road area is a number of little waterfalls and pools that are elongated near a small granite gorge base, and it’s polished smooth by time and water.