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What to do in...... Arizona's White Mountains

 

Many recreation sites on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have fairly level terrain and are accessible to most visitors. Travel in more rugged terrain may require 4-wheel drive vehicles and an assistant or guide. Site-seeing accessibility is contingent on terrain characteristics for each area. There is however, a full range of recreational opportunity available for the novice or expert.

Diverse facilities allow participation for people of all abilities. Forest Service offices provide literature for visitors who wish to learn more about the environment, National Forest management, and local history. In addition, there are several nature trails and an arboretum with a self-guided tour at the Heber Ranger District office. There is a visitor center at Big Lake and at the top of the Mogollon Rim on Highway 260.

Campgrounds at Canyon Point, Rolfe C. Hoyer, and Woods Canyon Lake have outdoor amphitheaters for evening programs. Cassette tape recorders with 30-90 minute tapes are available at the Lakeside Ranger District Office in Lakeside. These tapes lead visitors on a 1- to- 2 hour auto tour of the Lakeside District presenting historical data and information on forest management.

District Offices in Clifton and Alpine also have tapes available for those traveling the Coronado Scenic Byway. Many developed recreation sites have Hosts who act as contacts between visitors and the Forest Service.

 

Archaeology

  • Casa Malpais Pueblo - on SR 60 in Springerville - (520) 333-5375
  • Petroglyph Trail - Lyman Lake State Park, Hwy 180, south of St. Johns - (520) 337-4441
  • Raven Site Ruins - south of St. Johns on Hwy 180 - (520) 333-5857
  • X Diamond Ranch - P.O. Box 791 Springerville, Arizona 85938 (520) 333-2286

AttractionsPetrified Forest in North East Arizona

  • Painted Desert & Petrified Forest - north on SR 260 north on SR 77 to Holbrook. East on I- 40, 75 miles - (520) 524-6228
  • Auto Tours - Lake Mountain and Porter Mountain - Self - Guided tour cassettes available at Lakeside Ranger Station - (520) 368-5111
    Auto Tours also available in Alpine with maps.


Bird WatchingBeautiful Birds

  • Big Springs Environmental Study Area - On Woodland Rd. off of SR 260.
  • Woodland Lake Park - Woodland Lake Turnoff, off SR 260
  • Pintail Lake - Four miles north of U.S. 60 on SR 77
  • Jacques Marsh - Two miles North of Lakeside on Porter Mountain Rd., then west on Juniper to the end of the road.

CAMPGROUNDS

There are more than 40 campgrounds in the White Mountains. Check with the Lakeside Ranger Station (520) 368-5111 or the Chamber of Commerce for locations and availability. For camping reservations on the White Mountain Apache Reservation call (520) 338-1560 for locations and availability.

Children's Camps

  • Camp Grace - Church Camp - (520)537-2080
  • Camp Tatiyee - For Handicapped Children - (520) 537-2421
  • Pinetop - Lakeside Summer Arts & Recreation Youth Program - (520) 368-6700

Cross Country Skiing

  • Williams Valley - FR 249 5 miles west of US 191
  • Hannagan Meadows - US 191 15 miles south of Alpine
  • Greer - SR 260 east, south on SR 373 (45 miles)
  • Sunrise - SR 260 east, right on SR 273 (30 miles)
  • Poll Knoll - SR 260 east, two miles west of SR 373 (43 miles)
  • White Mountain Trail System - in Pinetop-Lakeside.

Downhill SkiingTop of Sunrise. New speed lift in background

  • Sunrise - SR 260 east, right on SR 273 - (520) 735-7669

First Aid

  • Navapache Regional Medical Center - (520) 537-4375
  • Dial 9-1-1- for Emergency Assistance

Fishing

  • There are more lakes and streams than can be imagined in the White Mountains. Famous for the Trout and Bass, many of the lakes and streams offer campgrounds and are excellent for wildlife watching or just relaxing in a rowboat. Some nearby lakes include:
  • Fred's Lake (fee fishing) - 1/4 mile south off of SR 260, use Penrod Ave., Pinetop
  • Rainbow Lake - One block south of SR 260, Lakeside.
  • Fools Hollow Lake, Show Low
  • Show Low Lake, Show Low
  • Scott's Reservoir - North on Porter Mountain Rd. Lakeside
  • Lyman Lake State Park St. Johns
  • Woodland Lake Park, Pinetop

Fish Hatcheries

  • Alchesay - Four miles south of Hon-Dah - Five miles east
  • Williams Creek - Four miles south of Hon - Dah - Nine miles east
Just Putting a round

Golfing in the White Mountains

Mountain Biking

The Town of Pinetop-Lakeside was named the #3 trail town in the United States of America (1996). There are numerous trails that will challenge the novice or experienced mountain biker! For more mountain biking information:

Picnicking

  • Fool Hollow- Show Low
  • Show Low Pioneer Park - North Main, Show Low
  • Scotts Reservoir - North on Porter Mountain Road, Lakeside
  • Woodland Lake Park - Off of SR 260, Pinetop-Lakeside

Points Of Interest Serine camping a visit away

  • John Waynes' 26 Bar Ranch
  • Madonna of the Trail Pioneer Women Commemorative Statue
  • Fort Redondo
  • Fort Apache
  • White Mountain Historical Park
  • Lone Wolf's Cabin
  • T.E.P. Power Plant
  • Coronado Generating Station
  • Round Valley Ensphere (Dome)
  • Round Valley Senior Citizen Park
  • Springerville Volcanic Field
  • Mexican Hay Lake Overlook

Snowmobiling

  • Various Locations - Call the Chambers of Commerce and Parks & Recreation Dept. for locations.

Softball

  • Round Valley Recreation Center
  • Show Low City Park
  • Snowflake City Park
  • Taylor City Park
  • Woodland Lake Park (Two Lighted Diamonds)

Swimming

  • Lyman Lake US 180, South of St. Johns
  • Round Valley Swimming Pool - Eagar (520)333-2238
  • Show Low Family Aquatic Fitness Center - Show Low (520) 537-2800
  • Snowflake Swimming Pool - Snowflake (520) 536-2160
  • St. Johns Swimming Pool

Tennis

Theater

  • Winchester Theater & Lakeside Cinima, Show Low - Pinetop Lakeside

Transportation

  • Aerocrafters - Car Rental, Charter Flights, Airport Services - Springerville (520) 333-5746
  • Fuller's White Mountain Motors Car Rental - Springerville (520)333-4030
  • Enterprise Car Rental - Show Low (520) 537-5144
  • Hatch Motor Car Rental - Show Low (520)537-8887
  • Horne Auto Center Car Rental - Show Low (520)537-5500
  • Quantum Car Rental - Show Low Airport - (520)532-0576
  • Rim Country Limousine - Show Low (520) 537-5466
  • Scenic Airlines - Show Low Airport - 1-800-634-6801 Two round-trip flights per day to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • White Mountain Passenger Lines - Show Low (520)537-4539

Volleyball

  • Ramsey Park - Show Low City Park, Show Low
  • Pioneer Park - Snowflake
  • Woodland Lake Park - Pinetop -Lakeside

Walking

  • White Mountain Trail Systems
  • TRACKS (organization local hiking and trail development)
  • Dome Dawn Walking - Eagar - Round Valley High School - Indoor Track 6a.m. to 8a.m. daily
  • Mogollon Rim Nature Walk - Pinetop-Lakeside on SR 260
  • Raven Site - Indians Ruins Night Walk - Between St. Johns & Springerville on US 180.

Water SportsWater skiing in the Mountains

  • Lyman Lake Between St. Johns & Springerville on US 180 provides an uncrowded place for power boating, water skiing (slalom course), wind surfing, jet skiing, sailing, swimming, pontoon boats, and fishing boats. Boat rentals are also available.


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