White Mountains communities—especially Pinetop-Lakeside—rival urban areas with our vast offering of things to do and places to go.

The Mogollon Rim of Arizona's White Mountains

An aerial shot of a monsoon thunderstorm approaching Pinetop-Lakeside, Navajo county, Arizona.
Photographer: Christopher Paxman

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The White Mountains range starts west of the Arizona transition zone, a place known as the Mogollon Rim located in the eastern part of Arizona. The mountainous region stretches mostly east, but a little south, and meanders to the west as far as New Mexico. 

The geologists have deemed this area the Colorado Plateau, which includes the high country of northeast Arizona, eastern Utah, northwest New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Much of the White Mountains range is also within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

The White Mountains supports many communities, but all are considered small if you hail from the likes of Phoenix, Los Angeles, or Denver. By no stretch of the imagination could any of our towns be considered a metropolitan area, but we rival much larger cities with our vast selection of indoor and outdoor activities your entire family will enjoy—year-round and year after year.

On these pages, we have featured photos taken in and around our counties, cities, towns, and forests to showcase the wide variety of festivals, arts, culture, excursions, and events in which you can partake. As you turn the pages, you’ll see why the residents love the White Mountains so much and why most couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

The front of the book is about visiting the area—all of the great things to do and places to go whether you’re here for a day, a week, or much longer. If you’re considering a move to the White Mountains, the back portion of the book is about living here—the demographics of, and opportunities within, Alpine, Greer, Eagar, Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville, and Taylor—just some of the close-knit communities of the Mogollon Rim.

The highest summit is Mount Baldy, meeting up with the sun somewhere around 11,400 ft. It is the tallest, but not the only peak. There are a number of other peaks calling to the hiker, camper, hunter, and other outdoorsmen—not to mention the three peaks at Sunrise Ski Park, which play host to more than 60 downhill ski runs, sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding, tubing, and so much more. Of course, this is mountain country, so snow and water play—both motorized and non-motorized—is encouraged nearly everywhere you go. Tracks, trails, and staging areas are maintained throughout the year to ensure visitors can access areas safely.

The White Mountains shed rain and snow to the south, which feeds tributaries of the Salt River, and to the north, to feed the Little Colorado River. If you enjoy water, the White Mountains will be your paradise. We are home to more than 50 lakes, and streams from the very narrow to white, frothing rapids. You can ice fish or fly fish, and everything in between.