About The White Mountains
Get ready to tantalize your senses. Few people outside Arizona know the beauty and environmental pleasure that the White Mountains area of Arizona has to offer. Breathtaking scenery, cool summer temperatures, thickly forested mountains, colorful flowing meadows, mountain streams, trout lakes, four seasons of outdoor adventure, fresh crisp air and wide open nature.
The White Mountains are a group of high country communities that share the ideal vacation getaway spot northeast of Payson Arizona. Places like Alpine, Eagar, Greer, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville and Taylor Arizona. And this includes the Sunrise Ski Resort at 11,000 feet of elevation and the Hon-Dah Resort-Casino and Conference Center operated by the White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe.
Summer high temperatures average 79 degrees, ideal refreshing climate for fishing, hiking, camping, golfing and sightseeing. As the air begins to chill, the colors of autumn begin as the trees become ablaze with gold, yellow and crimson. The winter typically brings the beauty of fresh fallen snow opening an abundance of winter recreation of snow-skiing, snow mobiling, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and ice fishing. The spring brings the meadows to colorful life for some of the best serenity America has to offer. Every season in the White Mountains of Arizona beckons a uniquely different natural splendor.
Show Low Arizona
Show Low is considered the main commercial center in the White Mountains. As the story is often told…the name Show Low resulted when C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark had a one-card showdown to determine which of the two enemies would leave the area. Clark said to Cooley, “if you can show low, you win”. Cooley turned over the deuce of clubs and replied, “Show Low it is”. This began a thriving community of natural and historic attractions. In fact, the main street in Show Low is named “Deuce of Clubs”. This town at an elevation of 6,331 feet is located about 175 miles northeast of Phoenix.
Pinetop and Lakeside were once different communities founded by Mormon pioneers in the early 1880s. Pinetop was named after the nickname of a saloonkeeper and Lakeside derived its name from the number of scenic lakes in the area. The two communities incorporated as one town in 1984. At an elevation of 7, 200 feet and surrounded by the White Mountains, the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, the area is a getaway haven for hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and scenic sightseeing.
At 8,500-foot elevation, Greer offers cool summer temperatures and an abundance of winter snow recreation. Located just northeast of Sunrise Ski Resort, Greer situates near the headwaters of the Little Colorado River which offers excellent fly fishing. You’ll find many miles of scenic hiking and equestrian trails in and around Greer that wind through wildflower meadow and bird-migration corridors for excellent bird watching.
Springerville offers the same outstanding features of all White Mountain communities but within the town limits, visitors can visit the Casa Malpais Indian ruins which includes the Great Kiva Ruins, a ceremonial structure built by the prehistoric Mogollon who inhabited the area for hundreds of years. Springerville is the sister-community of Eager where both reside in the Round Valley area of the White Mountains.
Even most Arizona residents think the name “Snowflake” has obviously got to do with snowfall. But its name actually derives from its two founders, Apostle Eratus Snow and William Flake. It is the northern most community in the White Mountains area and with its lower elevation of 5,600 feet it has warmer temperatures versus its White Mountain neighbors. Snowflake is nestled next to Silver Creek and is home to petroglyphs and ancient ruins of the Ancestral Puebloan Indians.
Hannagan Meadow Arizona
Many call Hannagan Meadow the most beautiful spot in Arizona. It is secluded high in the Arizona White Mountains at 9,100 feet elevation in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and typically enjoys the first and last snowfall in Arizona. Hannagan Meadow is located on the historic Coronado Trail in the wilderness of Arizona’s Blue Ridge Range Primitive Area and is the site of the Mexican Gray Wolf Endangered Species Reintroduction Program. The Hannagan Meadow Lodge is the ideal comfort zone from which to enjoy the spectacular scenic views and a potential glimpse of hundreds of wildlife species.
Links to White Mountain Attractions
Biking in the White Mountains
White Mountain Audubon Society
Sunrise Park Resort
Trails in the White Mountains
Show Low Chamber
City of Snowflake
Town of Springerville
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Welcome to the amazing Arizona White Mountains