Historic Mining Camp Restaurant

In 1961, the Mining Camp Restaurant and Trading Post opened its doors to the public.  The building was constructed of large Ponderosa Pine trees found in Payson.  Today it has a mining camp look and feel to it.

When you walk in, you first see a waiting area and then the trading post.  From there you are seated at a picnic-like table with tin mine-camp plates, silverware and cups sitting in front of you.  The waitress brings your freshly baked rolls, baked beans and coleslaw.  We ordered the three-meat platter along with our beers.  The two very hot platters had ribs, chicken, ham, stuffing and baked potatoes.  The entire meal was so delicious. After the meal, we were treated to the country western sounds of the McNasty Brothers.  This is the perfect place to get that western BBQ cuisine.

Mining Camp Restaurant & Trading Post
(Located 4 miles east of Apache Junction on Highway 88)
(480) 982-3181


  1. That food looks amazing, and the place looks very cool. I love the tin plates.

    I'd be lying if I said I wasn't envious.


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