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Rim Country - Arizona's Favorite Playground

We work hard to keep it safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Explore this site and learn about what we do. We are volunteers who do this because we love the outdoors and wish to give something back.

Please consider a donation to help support our efforts. We volunteer our time, skills, and considerable personal equipment. However, specialized rescue equipment, medical equipment, and specialized training take significant amounts of our annual budget. We are not publicly funded, and rely on the goodness of those who live in and visit this wonderful area.

Our General Membership meeting is held once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month and is held at the Payson Library Meeting room in Rumsey Park at 7:00 PM. Everyone welcome!

If you have an emergency, we can't be dispatched until the Gila County Sheriff's Office dispatches us. The fastest way to make that happen is to call 911.

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Office of
Sheriff of Gila County
J. Adam Shepherd
Press Release-Updated
July 17, 2017
Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following updated information regarding a Search and Rescue operation off Forest Service Road 420 at the Cold Springs Swimming Hole North of Payson, Arizona.
On July 15, 2017, at approximately 3:19 p.m., the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a Search and Rescue Operation around the Cold Springs Swimming Hole. The Payson Area experienced heavy rain throughout the region causing flash flooding in that area. Individuals were reported missing and search and rescue operations began. Deputies, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger Helicopter, Whispering Pines Fire Department, Payson Posse, CERT, Payson Fire Department, US Forest Service along with individuals from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Apache County Sheriff’s Office are currently working the scene.
Nine (9) individuals have been confirmed deceased and search operations were suspended during the overnight hours. This morning search operations have resumed for a 27 year old male who is the only other reported missing as a result of the flooding. At this time the First Crossing and Second Crossing on Houston Mesa Road as well as Waterwheel are closed.
This is an active investigation and more information may be released as it becomes available.
Sheriff Shepherd would like to thank Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Whispering Pines Fire Department, Payson Posse, Payson Fire Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Apache County Sheriff’s Office and the US Forest Service for their coordinating response.





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