With the Payson Temple dedication in June 2015, it has become the 15th Temple in Utah, and the 3rd in Utah County (others are Provo Utah Temple and Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple). With the heavy demands on the Provo Utah Temple, Payson was built as an alternative to ease the packed schedules. The temple was announced on 1/25/10 by Thomas S. Monson and came to fruition about 5 1/2 years later. Angel Moroni was raised on 10/10/13 and stands atop the single-spired Temple, which is surrounded by glorious scenic mountains, which are particularly colorful in the fall with the changing leaves. The layout is almost square-like with a stately presence. A heavier bottom encloses 5 levels and is a similar layout to the Gilbert Arizona Temple. Beautiful, meticulously crafted stained glass can be see throughout.
Payson is a smaller area in terms of local activities and attractions. As there are bigger cities in Utah, Payson isn't really considered a vacation destination. There are some nice hiking trails and scenic drives, one being the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. Take some time to let the kids cool off at the Spanish Fork Water Park. Utah is great for golf and the Spanish Oaks Golf Course has 18-holes on a par 72 championship course. To take part in the Festival of Colors or learn more about the Hindu and Indian cultures, you'll want to visit the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple.
For some local, fresh produce and ice cream, Rowley's Red Barn delivers. This area has always been known for their orchards. Apples, peaches and cherries are delicious when they're in season. In fact, the Temple even pays homage to the area orchards with apple motif throughout. If you need something more hearty, try Dalton's Steakhouse, which offers tantalizing appetizers, steaks, chicken and even desserts. Fat Jack's Pizza has the best cheese sticks around and pretty good pizza too, although the ambiance lacks a little luster. There are a few places around that offer you the chance to be transported to another country. If Indian food is what you're after, Tadka Indian Restaurant is a great choice for northern Indian cuisine. And, if you love Mexican food, you can order all your favorites at El Tapatio, but they also have a few surprises.
The area will leave you with a sense of family, community and outdoor beauty and a lasting impression of a stately Temple proudly standing at the base of the mountains.