WOODLAND LAKE PARK Turn west at
the Frontier State Bank on Woodland Lake Road. ( .2 miles ).
Covered picnic tables, grills, rest rooms, playgrounds, tennis
courts, ball fields, and a boat dock. A 4 mile loop trail begins at
spillway and passes through Big Springs.
BIG SPRINGS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY AREA Take Woodland Rd. at the stoplight in Lakeside. ( 1/2 mile on the left ). Scenic natural area with self-guided trails. Easy 1/2 mile loop with streams, pond, benches, and trail signs. Connects with Woodland Lake Trail.
MOGOLLON RIM OVERLOOK
This nature trail is located two miles north of Lakeside. Signs along the trail give brief descriptions of the vegetation and local history.
SPRINGER MTN. FIRE OVERLOOK TOWER
Open 8:00 - 4:30 during fire season ( end of May to September depending on rains ). Inquire at the Lakeside Ranger Station for exact dates, 368-5111. Just north of the Safeway store, turn east on Moonridge, follow to the end, turn right on Billy Creek, left on Medow Bridge ( cross creek ), right on Pine Shadow to Inn. You will pass the Blue Ridge Trail Head - a map is available at the Ranger Station.
LAKE MTN. FIRE LOOKOUT TOWER
Open 8:00 - 4:30 during fire season. From the Roundhouse Resort turn east, just after you pass the Sports Village Athletic Club and follow the signs. Also on Lake Mountain Auto Tour ( map ) provided by the Ranger Station. Other towers at Greens Peak and Big Lake.
Behind the National Forest Camp Grounds in Lakeside. Good trout and bass fishing. Best fishing from a boat. Rental boats available at the cabins on the west bank.
Access from Porter Mountain Road. Trout, bass, and catfish.
SHOW LOW LAKE
Turn east at Navapache Hospital, mile post 346. Good trout and bass fishing year round, rental boats available during the summer.
Porter Mtn. Stables ( 368-5306 ) open year round. Mile post 350, turn east on Porter Mountain Road for 1 1/2 miles. Pinetop Lakes Stables at the roping arena west of the Roundhouse. Open June through August.
Tape player, cassette tape, and a map is provided at no cost by the Lakeside Ranger Station. Two tours available: The Lake Mountain Tour, takes 4 hours to cover 45 miles through pine, fir, and aspen forest. The tour is highlighted by wildlife and a walk up to the Lake Mountain lookout tower.
The Porter Mountain tour takes two hours to travel 33 miles and covers local history, forest management, and timber harvesting.
WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE ENTERPRISEFor information call 338-4417
ALCHESAY NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY:
Open 7:00 - 3:30 weekdays. South of Hon-Dah 15 miles, turn east ( left ). 5 miles in on a paved road. Nice drive along the North Fork of the White river. Beautiful canyon setting for the hatchery named after the great Apache Chief Alchesay. Good picnic facilities on lawn along side of the river ( no permit needed ), rest rooms, display, theater presentation, and fish ponds. ( FREE ) ! WHITERIVER:
Headquarters for the Apache Nation. Visitors may still see Indian women in their colorful native dress. Points of interest include the trading posts, cultural center and museum. During summer months, the Apache line the main street selling their arts, crafts, and goods. Enjoy a fine buffet lunch at the White Mountain Motel and Restaurant. Next to the motel is the White Mountain Recreation Enterprises which displays full mounts of various wildlife. It's worth a look! Permits available.
This famous fort was established in 1870 and abandoned in 1922.
Here the 1st Cavalry and 21st Infantry dealt with great Apache warriors such as Geronimo, and trained famous Indian Scouts including the great Chief Alchesay. General Cook's Headquarters has been turned into a small museum with artifacts and old pictures. Officer's quarters and old weather-worn calvary horse barns remain. The old buildings have been used as a school until recent years. An old cemetery is located on the hill just east of the barns. Take the first small dirt road through the fence on the right and go up the hill to the rock wall around the cemetery ( 50 yards off the highway ). There are many interesting head stones. Here Indians and soldiers lie together.
1 mile past the Fort Apache turn off, turn right on a dirt road, 2 miles in.
These ruins are over 1,000 years old and were visited by Coronado's expedition in his quest for the "seven cities of Cibola". This ruin contains over 200 rooms. The walls remain in good condition, however, the roof is not safe. Be very careful about entering. There are many other ruins on the other side of the canyon.
Some of the finest trout fishing in the west is found on the Apache Reservation. $5.00 per day for a limit of 10 trout.
Show Low is...Named after the turn of a card. Show Low offers shopping, restaurants, bowling ( east of the stop light ), a movie theater ( at the stop light ), and a fine golf course ( HWY. 260 N. ) a small but worthwhile museum, Tues, Fri, Sat, 2-5 p.m. ( behind the police station, 260 and 6th ).
One of the many Mormon settlements in Northern Arizona. Picnic at Pioneer Park on the north end of town. The park has a playground and picnic tables. The Longhorn Steak House is good for lunch or dinner. The golf course is 2 miles west on Hwy. 277. As you cross the "divide" between Snowflake and Holbrook you can see Woodruff Butte ( volcano ) and the mesas on the Navajo and Hopi Nations.
Navajo County Historical Museum and Tourist Information. One block north of the stop light. Tourist shopping and a 9 hole golf course.
PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK & PAINTED DESERT:
Twenty miles east of Holbrook, you will find the greatest and most colorful concentration of petrified wood known in the world. There are six separate "forests" where logs, some 250 feet in length, lie beautifully colored in the ground. The Park encompasses some 300 miles. Visitors may enter the park from two entrances...
The Painted Desert Visitors Center and Headquarters just off I-40 ( U.S. 66 ) or the Rainbow Forest Entrance Station at the park boundary on U.S. 180. HOURS: June through August 6 am - 7 pm, September and April through May 7 am - 6 pm, and October through March 8 am - 5 pm.
The interesting Apache County Museum. Lyman Lake State Park. A small buffalo herd, and fishing.
Ray Cushman Art Collection. 333-2170.
Golf Course and a good year round trout lake.
NAVAJO AND HOPI INDIAN RESERVATIONS
2-4 hours north of Pinetop lies a memorable touch to any Arizona vacation, Hopi and Navajo Indian country. Here, visitors can see and purchase authentic Indian arts and crafts in the Trading Posts. Taste Indian Foods and experience the fascinating cultures of the Native Americans. The Navajo Reservation, largest in the U.S. offers breathtaking views of Arizona's diverse terrain. Perhaps most notable is Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, and Navajo National Monuments. The Hopi Reservation is famous for its villages on three mesas. Old Oraibi is the oldest inhabited settlement in the U.S. Navajo Office of Tourism, Window Rock 871-6659.
HON-DAHThree miles south of Pinetop on the Apache Reservation. Restaurant, store and gas. Purchase permits for picnicking, fishing or camping on the Reservation at the store. PERMITS ARE REQUIRED ! 369-4311.
WILLIAMS CREEK FISH HATCHERY:
Excellent for trout viewing. Open 7:00 to 3:30 weekdays. ( may be open on weekends ). Can be reached by going south of Hon-Dah, 4 miles, turn east ( left ) 9 miles on good dirt road, or in 5 miles south of Hawley Lake road, west ( right ) on upper log dirt road around 10 miles in. Picnic facilities. No picnic permit required.
Summer home on the Reservation. General Store, permits, boat rentals, good fishing, and a nice drive. 335-7511
Stop for a cool drink or fill your water jug with cool mountain spring water. 200 yards west of Hawley Lake turn off, north side, 50 yards to the right.
1/2 mile in on Hawley Lake road, turn left, then drive along Whiteriver. Picnic tables along the river, picnic permit required.
SHEEP'S CROSSING & MT. BALDY WILDERNESS AREA
About 6 miles past Sunrise Ski Area. Parking area straight ahead at Little Colorado River, do not cross bridge. Good for picnics and fishing. A beautiful trail along the West Fork of Little Colorado takes you to the top of Mt. Baldy, second highest peak in Arizona. Three miles past Sheep's Crossing at Phelp's Cabin where another trail follows the East Fork to the top of Mt. Baldy. Both are great hikes. No fee. Maps at the Ranger Stations.
LEE VALLEY LAKE
One of the prettiest trout lakes in Arizona. Good bank fishing and a nice area to picnic. No tables or picnic fees.
Store, and boat rental. There are more trout taken from this lake than any other Arizona water. Bank fishing is good from the dam. Sunrise Reservoir and Crescent are excellent trout lakes, both have boat rentals. Fishing report, Arizona Game and Fish. 367-4281.
Small community in a beautiful valley. Drive up for lunch ( Greer Lodge, Molly Butler's, and others ), horseback riding, great fishing, and boating, picnic along the creek, or just take your camera and have fun. An excellent forest hiking trail starts on the other side of town and follows the creek to Sheep's Crossing. Butler Canyon Nature Trail, just before entering Greer, is an easy one mile walk.
SOUTH FORK TRAIL:
Beginning at the South Fork Campgrounds down 10 miles west of Springerville, this trail follows the South Fork of the Little Colorado River, a stocked trout stream. The six mile round-trip is a popular, easy hike.
Small mountain village on the New Mexico border, with 14 miles of golf, horseback riding, lake and stream fishing ( boat rentals at Luna Lake ) and hiking trails.