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City of Show Low

Summer Activities

Show Low City ParkShow Low, the commercial and tourism hub of the White Mountains, was established in 1870 and incorporated in 1953. Located in southern Navajo County at an elevation of 6,350 feet, the city is 175 miles northeast of Phoenix and 195 miles north of Tucson. Show Low received its name when C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark decided there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement. The two men agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to move. According to the story, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, "Show low it is."

Scenic Attractions

Fool Hollow LakeShow Low offers many year-round recreational opportunities and points of scenic interest. The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, with 58 campgrounds, trails, and pristine lakes, surrounds the city.

The scenic White Mountain and Mogollon Rim areas are also nearby for campers and fishermen. Arizona's only covered bridge is located in Pinedale, 15 miles west of Show Low. Apache, Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni Indian Reservations are nearby. The city has a new indoor aquatic center, five 18-hole golf courses within 20 miles, and numerous motel and RV accommodations. & a NEW Disc Golf Course in the Show Low City Park.

Boating and fishing are popular in many lakes and streams in the area, including Rainbow Lake, Show Low Lake, White Mountain Lake, and Fools Hollow Lake Recreation Area. Snow skiing is available at Sunrise Park Resort on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation with eight lifts, one T-bar, and three Mighty-Mites tows serving 65 runs.

Fools Hollow Lake Recreation Area

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This page prepared from Arizona Department of Commerce profile on the City of Show Low dated June 1999 and published with the permission of White Mountain Regional Development Corporation who provided the update information to White Mountians Online for publication on our website.