Four Season Wonderland...
No matter what your pleasure is: hiking, mountain bicycling, sight seeing, exploring ancient ruins, playing golf, fishing, interacting with Native American culture or just relaxing and taking it easy, there is something for everyone in Arizona's White Mountains.
Pinetop-Lakeside is noted for its golf courses and Woodland Lake Park with its excellent recreational facilities. Cross Country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing can be enjoyed during the winter.
Immediately south of Pinetop-Lakeside, is the Mogollon Rim. The Rim is a steep excarpment ranging from 1000 to 2000 feet in height ,which separates Arizona's northern plateau region from the lower deserts of central and southern Arizona
Hunting and fishing are popular recreational activities in the White Mountains. Rainbow, brown, and brook trout are the primary fish caught in the numerous public and private fishing lakes. Picnic and camping facilities are provided throughout our area offering many more reasons for having a great time.
When you discover the White Mountains for the first time, you will
remember that experience for a lifetime. Yet, most agree that the changing of
the seasons draw them back again and again.
Visit one of our many national parks. While enjoying Arizona's White Mountains, tour Holbrook - your gateway to the Petrified Forest and Little Painted Desert.
You can feel the serene beauty of the White Mountains with its rebirth in the spring. An angler enjoys the chill wind coming off the high peaks towering above. Springtime rejuvenates the soil for summer flowers that will follow.
In July, there may still be patches of snow gleaming on the summits of Mount Baldy or Mount Ord which stand at over 11,000 feet. It is hard for desert visitors to remember to pack heavier clothing when they are leaving 110 degrees outside. Even in the summer, frost in the morning is not uncommon at the higher elevations.
Fall is a special time in the White Mountains. As summer visitors scurry back to the hustle and bustle of the city, the aspens at higher elevations begin their magical change to brilliant reds and golds. Fishing becomes livelier as trout instinctively begin to feed for the long winter ahead. Fall in the White Mountains also means prime hunting time. Many people enjoy camping at this time because of the solitude and the wonderful fall colors. If you are lucky, you could enjoy fish for dinner one night and duck the next.
Winter is a truly magical time in the White Mountains. Winter recreation is second to none with emphasis being on the Sunrise Ski area. Owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Sunrise boasts three mountains, eleven lifts and over sixty trails. Sunrise is one of the largest downhill ski areas in the southwest. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and tubing are just a few more of the opportunities rounding out winter recreation. A vacation would not be complete without visiting the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. Lush meadows, high peaks, streams, and crystal lakes all sparkling beckon the traveler to spend some time on the Reservation. The White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation encompasses almost 1.7 million acres, 240 miles of streams, and 25 lakes to fish. The Apache tribe happily greets you with the word "Hon-Dah", meaning "Be my Guest".