Strawberry is a small mountain town right at the base of the famous Mogollon Rim in Arizona with its name inspired by -- the wild strawberries that grew nearby. Surrounded by natural beauty and full of local charm, Strawberry makes a wonderful trip for anyone looking to get lost in nature and soak up the vibe of this classic, quaint town.
Lose track of time in the surrounding Tonto National Forest preserve and marvel at the majesty of the hundred-year-old giant Ponderosa Pines. With seven lakes nearby, visitors can also try their hand at fishing.
A walk around the town itself is a step back in time, Strawberry’s oldest inhabitants were Gold rush settlers. Check out the oldest one-room schoolhouse in Arizona – Strawberry Schoolhouse (est. 1885) which is open for tours.
Strawberry is also just 10 miles from the Tonto Natural Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge at 150-feet wide. A visit here is worth it alone for the views; waterfall and streams, plus nearby hiking trails, are quite something. You’ll be sure to catch sight of some local wildlife and, come nightfall, the clear country skies will shine with incredible stargazing opportunities.
Strawberry is a beautiful place to visit year-round but if you plan your trip for early June, you’ll arrive just as the locals get ready for the annual Pine-Strawberry Summer Festival -- a weekend long festival full of crafts, live bands, food and fun.
For dessert dwellers and sunlovers, Strawberry Arizona provides a great weekend escape, with everything you may need for fun in the sun. Located at an elevation of 6,000 feet, the town is much cooler than its neighboring Phoenix and Scottsdale, but is still delightfully warm.
In spring, the meadows are filled with wildflower and in fall the landscape transforms into a sea of golds and reds. A Strawberry Cabin rental is ideal to be surrounded by the scenic beauty of the Mogollon Rim Country, with some of the best Ponderosa Pine National forests in the world. A vacation rental in town also provides guests with a little peace and quiet, while still being close enough to some of the best sights in Arizona.
The town is full of historic charm, and is home to the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona, built in 1885. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the many hiking trails, fishing in the mountain blue lake waters, and admiring the wildlife. Lakes include Chevelon Canyon, Woods Canyon and Bear Canyon. Horseback riding is another popular activity, as is taking the scenic drive on the Rim Road for some spectacular views. Just 10 miles south of Strawberry is the Toronto Natural Bridge, one of the most scenic spots in the area.