Kohl's Ranch Lodge - Payson, AZ

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Rustic lodge in the Tonto National Forest near golf, hiking, and fishing; approximately one-hour drive from the Mogollon Rim

Inn at a Glance: Kohl’s Ranch Lodge

Central Arizona’s seemingly endless stretches of rugged terrain sparked creativity in writer Zane Grey. The scenery served as his inspiration for 64 novels and more than 300 short stories, culminating in the Western classic Riders of the Purple Sage. Grey lived near Payson, Arizona where Kohl’s Ranch Lodge now sits. There’s a rugged cowboy feel to the lodge-style accommodations, which also include modern touches such as free WiFi, cable TV, and partial kitchens.

  • Eat well at the onsite Zane Grey Country Barbecue & Great Pizza, where you can grab burgers or try the famous peach cobbler.
  • Break a sweat at the onsite exercise room, equipped with cardio machines and free weights.
  • Outdoor activities: boat rental, fishing, and hiking are all available nearby.
  • Beat the summer heat with a dip in the outdoor pool

Payson, Arizona: Historical Western Culture on Rugged Mogollon Rim

Pine trees cover the nearly 3-million-acre Tonto National Forest, which surrounds the town of Payson in central Arizona. About 35 miles from Payson is one of the state’s most popular outdoor destinations: the Mogollon Rim, a towering cliff about 2,000 feet high that stretches for roughly 200 miles. Hundreds of miles of roads provide access to the rim’s awe-inspiring scenery, passing campsites, hiking trails, and lakes good for fishing. Black bears, bobcats, and white-tailed deer have all been spotted in the forested hills.

Travelers should prepare for and expect long delays and intermittent closures along state Route 87 from June 10-12, 2019, due the Coldwater Fire. Firefighters working on the fire are planning to introduce low-intensity fire to areas adjacent to Route 87 between Route 260 and Lake Mary Road, beginning June 24, 2019. There will be intermittent highway closures to help ensure firefighter and public safety, so motorists should expect long delays.

The planned burnout operations will also cause smoke impacts in northern Arizona. Forecasted winds are expected to be favorable, but smoke can be expected to be heavy at times and obscure sections of Route 87 during burning operations. As temperatures drop in the evening, smoke will settle into areas along Route 87 and Lake Mary Road near the Clints Well area. Smoke will also settle overnight south of the Mogollon Rim in areas such as Strawberry, Pine, Payson, and the Verde Valley. For more information on the fire, please visit the Coldwater Fire web page. Quick updates of notable fire activity and smoke impacts will also be provided via Coconino National Forest’s social media sites.

What You Get

  • Stay for two in a studio
  • $25 dining gift card valid at Zane Grey Country Barbecue & Great Pizza per stay

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
  • Cancellation policy: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Additional fees: $14.95 daily resort fee plus tax paid at check-in. $100 refundable deposit paid at check-in.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • Restaurant and lounge (hours change seasonally)
  • Bocce ball, basketball, and volleyball
  • Movie/DVD rental
  • Fitness center
  • BBQ area
  • Mini-golf and pool table
  • Playground
  • Heated outdoor pool and hot tub (seasonal)
  • Free WiFi

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The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • $100 refundable deposit paid at check-in
  • $14.95 daily resort fee plus tax paid at check-in.

Other Details

Room Details


  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 10 a.m.
  • $12 resort fee includes: pool and fitness room access, in-room coffee/tea maker, and due to limited cell phone reception, free nationwide calls.
  • Parking: free
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX; 102 miles)
  • Distance from Phoenix: about 107 miles
  • Please be aware that there is limited cell service on grounds due to surroundings

Traveler's Tips

  • During this time of year, the area surrounding the resort is prone to increased fire danger prompting fire officials to implement fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest.
  • Currently the resort is under fire restrictions. Using a fire or smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle. Violators will be subjected to an individual fine of $5,000.
  • To ensure the safety of guests and the forest, it is recommended that guests visit www.fs.usda.gov/tonto for more information regarding fire restrictions or contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200.
  • For information regarding current fires burning in Arizona visit www.Inciweb.nwcg.gov.
  • September 16, 2019, through April 1, 2020: Guests may see construction storage bins and large equipment onsite. Guests may also notice construction noise during daytime hours Monday through Friday.
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