Area Resources

The White Mountains holds an abundance of resources.

White Mountains area Schools at GreatSchools.org

Demographics and facts about the White Mountains at BestPlaces.net

 


 

Festivals & Events

The beauty and splendor of the White Mountain region lies not only in the
scenery, but also in the diverse cultures that make up the area. These cultures
and the many people who populate the surrounding cities of the White Mountain
are celebrated throughout the year through a variety of festivals, parades,
historic celebrations and Native American ceremonials.

Each community offers a unique choice of entertainment. Some of these events
include:

Pinetop-Lakeside—Native American Art Festival, Fall Artisans
Festival, Woodland Wild Country Expo and the Run in the Pines Car Show.
http://www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com/events_.php

St. Johns—San Juan Fiestas and Pioneer Days.

Show Low—Show Low Days Still Cruizin’ Car Show, Mountain
Festival & Fourth of July All Day Festivities.

Snowflake/Taylor—Snowflake Pioneer Days and Taylor Sweet
Corn Festival

Springerville-Eagar—Chrome In the Dome Classic Car Show
& the ATV Outlaw Trail Jamboree.

For a full calendar of events for each community, visit their
individual web-site:

Pinetop-Lakeside: pinetoplakesidechamber.com
St. Johns: stjohnschamber.com
Show Low: showlowchamberofcommerce.com
Snowflake/Taylor: snowflaketaylorchamber.org
Springerville-Eagar: springerville-eagarchamber.com

 


 

Trails

The White Mountain Trial System provides over 200 miles of developed
interconnection loops and multi-use trails and enjoys national recognition as
one of North America’s outstanding trail destinations. It was ranked third in
the nation by the American Hiking Society and accommodates hikers, cyclists and
equestrians. Created to preserve the region’s scenery, no motorized vehicles are
allowed. Most trails are eight to 10 miles in length, and all trails are linked
either by connector trails or forest roads, so the entire 200 miles can be done
without interruption.
http://www.tracks-pinetop-lakeside.org/

 


 

Golfing

Some of the most enjoyable, scenic and challenging golf courses can be found
in the White Mountain area. Enjoyed by beginners and pros alike, many beautiful
courses await.

The White Mountain region includes:
• Pinetop Lakes Golf & Country
Club
• Show Low Country Club
• Concho Valley Country Club
• Greer Lakes
Golf Resort at River Run
• Pine Meadows Country Club
• Silver Creek Golf
Club
• Snowflake Municipal Golf Course
• Bison Golf Course
• Torreon
Golf Club

No matter which course you play the invigorating mountain air and scenic
background make golfing in the White Mountains a memorable experience. Visit GolfLink.com

 


 

Winter Fun

This vast open area is normally blanketed with snow throughout the winter,
especially in the higher elevation which makes the White Mountains very popular
to winter activates including snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, downhill
skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and tubing. Cross-country skiers can enjoy miles
of picturesque trails, both groomed and rugged, including miles of scenic
territory within the White Mountain Trial System. Situated in the largest
ponderosa pine forest in the world, Sunrise Park Resort is a winter sports
paradise, three mountains, 10 lifts, 65 trails, over 800 acres of skiable
terrain, promising adventure and fun at any level. Whether young or old, a
first-timer or an experience powder seeker, Sunrise Park awaits with plenty of
downhill action. Additional features include separate snowboard runs,
cross-country trails and children’s ski area. There are many local sledding
hills that the kids will love sailing down on sleds, tubes or toboggan. Although
there are few designated snowmobile trials, roads that are inaccessible to other
vehicles at this time of year offer many miles of ready-made trails. Visit
SunRisePark.com

 


 

Water Sports

Some 50 lakes and over 800 miles of clear streams and rivers offer an
unlimited variety of opportunities for fishermen. Varieties of trout range from
rainbow, brook, brown and cutthroat to the regional Native Apache. Accessible
and remote settings afford opportunities to kids, the inexperience and serious
anglers as well. Many waters are also home to crappie, bass, bluegill, catfish,
walleye, northern pike, even Arctic Grayling. The region features everything
from wheelchair-accessible fishing piers, boat launches and rentals, to guided,
fully outfitted back-country trips to remote areas. World class fly fishing
schools teach the uninitiated and offer the experienced a chance to both brush
up on their skills and learn about local conditions. Ice fishing is a popular
activity whenever it is cold enough for the lakes to freeze over, which varies
with the weather form year to year.

Lyman Lake State Park is Arizona’s first recreational state park, and
features a 1,500 acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It is feed by
snowmelt from the slopes of Mt. Baldy and Escudilla Mountain, the second and
third highest mountains in Arizona. Because of its size, it’s perfect for
fishing, boating (no boat size restrictions), swimming and a variety of popular
water sports. The west end of the lake is buoyed off and restricted as a no-wake
area to allow anglers the chance at walley, channel catfish and largemouth bass
without the interference of speed boats and water skiers.

Swimming is also available at Round Valley Swimming Pool, St. Johns City
Pool, Snowflake Swimming Pool and Show Low Family Aquatic Center.

http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/fishing.shtml
http://www.wmonline.com/attract/fishin.htm

 


 

Hunting

The White Mountains provide what is considered some of the best elk hunting
in the world. Bear, mountain lion and antelope are also hunted, though there are
strict season restrictions and limitations. Deer, javalina, turkey, quail,
rabbit and a variety of waterfowl are also plentiful in the region. Hunters
utilize a variety of methods authorized by Arizona State Law. Permitted methods
for harvesting wildlife may include: Archery, Muzzle loading Rifles, Firearms
and Trapping. Hunting may also be schedule on Indian Lands in accordance with
the Tribal Game & Fish Departments. Seasons for harvesting wildlife on
Indian Lands must be confirmed with the Tribe.

http://www.azgfd.gov/

 


 

Camping & Picnicking

Camping opportunities abound throughout the Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forest, on the White Mountain Apache reservation, in and outside of the regions
many towns. There are more than 800 developed family camp and picnic units on
the forests. Private and public campgrounds offer a wide variety of facilities,
everything from a rustic table and grill to full hook ups and resort compounds
offering first class amenities. Some of the more popular spots, such as the Big
Lake Recreational Area, are best booked ahead during the busy summer season. Visit PineTopLakeSideChamber.com

 


 

Off-roading

There are numerous opportunities for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation in
the area. Lyman Lake State Park allows off-road vehicles in designated areas,
and Saffell Canyon has an extensive OHV trial through beautiful, scenic country.
It offers ponderosa, aspen, fir and alligator juniper forests along with an
interesting variety of terrains. The Arizona Outlaw Trail Jamboree is a five-day
celebration of OHV riding and the history of the Old West. It is designed to
raise awareness of the need to establish trails in the area, and to provide a
good time too. Local history is filled with stories and legends of outlaws who
used to roam the area, and the Outlaw Trail is part of a route that desperadoes
commonly took to escape with stolen horses or cattle.

 


 

Wildlife

Wildlife is an integral part of the White Mountain region. Ducks, geese,
shorebirds, rabbits, coyote, fox, black bear, bobcat, elk, deer, non-game birds,
reptiles, amphibians and small mammals can be observed in their natural
surroundings throughout the area. Enjoyable for all ages, 22 different wildlife
trails traverse the White Mountains. The Arizona Game and Fish Department
provides helpful guidelines for using the trials including tips on when to look,
how to look, and where to look, how to use filed guides and details on specific
creatures that can be seen.

 

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