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Discovering Northern Arizona's Natural Wonders

A Perfect Getaway Guide

The winter time is upon us, and while there are many things to do in the valley, there are so many great getaways up in Northern Arizona. Whether to check out the snow, explore the trails, or see wildlife, there are plenty of spots to get away while feeling thankful to be with family, friends, or even a little R&R alone time. 

Here’s a snapshot of some fantastic options for your next getaway up north this holiday season! 

Rim Country

Cabins at Creekside

If you are looking to hit up the areas near the Mogollon Rim, be sure to check out all the cool stuff that the Cabins at Creekside have to offer. Located in Christopher Creek just outside of Payson, Creekside Cabins and Creekside Tavern are located just over 20 miles east of Payson and 10 miles West of Woods Canyon Lake. Newly renovated Creekside Cabins, Tavern, and Tours are taking reservations, looking to share the rustic, cozy setting with visitors. The log cabins are themed throughout the property, including Bear’s Dean, Enchanted Forest, Bird’s Nest, and more. Each cabin sleeps up to 6 people and includes a full bathroom, flat screen TV, Keurig coffee maker, and small refrigerator. There are also larger cabins that have full kitchens, and all of them are pet-friendly. The Creekside Tavern is a great spot to grab a bite to eat on the property. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have a full bar. Details and more can be found online at


High Country Motor Lodge

Flagstaff is always a great getaway for a night or a long weekend. If you are looking for a few days in the pines this winter, then be sure to check out High Country Motor Lodge. This boutique hotel in the heart of Flagstaff is a great spot for fun, rest & relaxation, all while still enjoying a bit of the city life that Flagstaff has to offer. Complete with an on-site plunge pool, outdoor fire pit, and more. The décor and design are inspired by the local lifestyle, and the spirit of the area can be felt throughout the property. There is the Nordic Spa on the property as well as The General Store, which offers everything from Grab and Go food and drink to an indoor/outdoor lounge and restaurant. Details, rates, and availability can be found at

Grand Canyon / Williams

Backland Luxury Camping

If you are seeking a luxury eco-resort that features glamping tents, on-site dining, and wellness options, this is the spot for you. Backland Luxury Camping is a resort spread across 160 acres of private land up near the 7,000-foot elevation mark, just about 20 minutes outside of Williams, Arizona. The goal of this hot spot is to deliver an immersive experience to guests spending time in nature while still preserving wildlife habitats and the ecology of the land. This is a camping experience unlike any other with glamping tents that are fully insulated, energy efficient, king-sized beds, full bathrooms with showers, electricity, outdoor patios, tent side parking, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, toiletries, and water conservation fixtures. Backland is also in a giving mood this winter. Now through December 31, 2023, Backland is partnering with Heal- a New Beginning for Refuge families. If you book two or more nights, they will donate 2% of the proceeds will go to Heal. You will also receive credit for the on-site restaurant (based on length of stay)—information and reservations online at

We hope this helps you pick your next getaway, and remember to share with us if you travel to any of these places!