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Top 10 Things to Do in Pinetop-Lakeside

At an elevation of 6,804 feet, Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by the natural beauty of the White Mountains, the Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest, and the Fort Apache Reservation. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing are popular recreational activities; camping and picnic facilities are provided throughout the area; and the White Mountain Trail system provides more than 180 miles of developed multi-use trails.

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DOWNHILL SKIING

Sunrise Park Resort is a recreational paradise offering a wide range of fun and excitement—in winter and summer!

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The Pinetop-Lakeside summer trails become a cross-country skier’s paradise when the snow begins to fall.

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MOTORIZED SNOW SPORTS

If you prefer the power of a motor as you traverse the area, join us on a snowmobile, ATV, or UTV as you explore The Maverick Trail and other trails especially for motorized vehicles.

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HIKING

The Pinetop-Lakeside area has trails for every skill level—whether you’re up for an easy walk or a tough climb—come enjoy the shade of the pines.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

Pinetop-Lakeside is home to some of the greatest trails of beginner, intermediate, and advanced difficulty in the White Mountains Trail System. You will find great vistas and the shade of Ponderosa pines.

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HORSEBACK RIDING

Ride a gentle horse through creeks, streams, forests, and meadows, or spend the day and ride up to the Ice Caves or over to the Mesa Overlook to get a view of the whole mountain.

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BIRD WATCHING

The White Mountains and surrounding areas offer a wide diversity of bird habitats—from lakes to juniper grassland to ponderosa and spruce-fir forests—where you might be lucky enough to catch a photo of a spot Gray Jay, Blue Grouse, or Three-toed Woodpecker.

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HUNTING

Animals are abundant in the White Mountains and on Indian lands (hunts must be scheduled), and many hunters have been lucky enough to score trophies using approved methods such as archery, muzzleloading rifles, firearms, and trapping.

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LINE FISHING & FLY FISHING

Arizona’s Fish and Game department carefully manages the lakes of the Pinetop-Lakeside area to ensure your visit to Arizona’s White Mountains is enjoyable and a family-friendly experience.

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SHOPPING

Pinetop-Lakeside has dozens of quaint shops and larger stores for all of your shopping needs. Whether you need a gift or dinner, it’s just down the street.