DISCOVER THE AREA: THE WHITE MOUNTAINS
Of all the areas to visit, travelers would be hard-pressed to find a region that offers more – more natural beauty, more history and culture, more outdoor recreation, more adventure, more memories – than Arizona’s White Mountains along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Here, sunny skies and four classic seasons enhance a variety of activities. Simply look out on some of the most beautiful land in Arizona. The White Mountains offer visitors a variety of scenic attractions and an unlimited array of outdoor activities. Some 50 alpine lakes and 800 miles of cold, crystal clear rivers and springs draw visitors throughout the season to this mountain playground. In the White Mountains, whatever the season, whatever your interest, it’s always the right time to visit.
The White Mountain Scenic Road passes through dense Ponderosa Pine forested mountains as it stretches across the Mogollon Rim. Visitors can see views of mountain meadows, creeks and lakes. Mt.Baldy and the Apache Sunrise Ski Area stand out among the rest of the towering peaks. Whether looking for a chance to ski, fish or merely sight see, this scenic destination has something for all.
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In winter, visitors can enjoy sledding, tobogganing, snow shoeing, ice-fishing, and of course, world-class downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and more. Miles of groomed trails and first-rate facilities draw enthusiasts from around the world.
Spring is also a special time in the beautiful White Mountains. Frozen lakes and streams open themselves to fishermen (some of the best fishing is found in spring), boaters, hikers and sightseer’s. Meadow grasses turn green and wildflowers dot the landscape. As the earth rejuvenates, so does the spirit.
In summer, you can escape the extreme heat for summer temperatures that are 25 degrees less than Phoenix and Tucson. You will see patches of gleaming snow still clinging to the summits. Escape into the wilderness, hike, mountain bike, and fish to your heart’s content. The marina at beautiful Sunrise Lake also opens up in summer for boat rentals.
Autumn is for many their favorite season, when the land and its inhabitants prepare for the coming snows. The White Mountains offer a change of colors to rival any in the nation, with the added pleasure of relative solitude. Wildlife is abundant, trails are not crowded. Hunters and fishermen enjoy spectacular sport; hiking and sightseeing are at their best. Take a trip up the chairlift at Sunrise Park Resort and enjoy the breathtaking view of the beautiful mountains.
Sunrise Park Resort, Arizona’s premier ski destination, is a recreational paradise offering a wide range of fun and excitement. In winter, our three mountains have some of the finest skiing in the Western United States. Our 65 runs promise adventure for skiers of any level. Ski and snowboard rentals are available on site. Sunrise offers ski school for beginners or for those who want to brush up on their skills. There is also night skiing, a special children “ski-wee” area, cross country ski trails and snow tubing that is offered. You can even take a sleigh ride at the Snowy Mountain Stables.
Skiers and Snowboarders love the Terrain Park that Sunrise offers. The park features a snow half pipe, implanted wood and metal rails, and a special event area with jumps ranging from beginner to advanced. Take advantage of the Sunrise Express High Speed Detachable Quad Chairlift. This lift results in an uphill skier capacity of more than 16,000 skiers per hour.
Go to: http://www.sunriseskipark.com for more details.
Hannagan Meadow is approximately 22 miles south of Alpine, located on the historic Coronado Trail, U.S. Route 191, near mile marker 232. There is a restaurant, general store and auto fuel station It has a high elevation at 9100 feet, therefore having the first and last snow available in the state, and they maintain the highest-altitude weather reporting station in Arizona. Summers are cool and mild. Recreational opportunities in Hannagan Meadow include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowmobile touring, snowshoeing, mountain biking and more on thousands of acres of beautiful forests and trails. Hannagan Meadow has a rich place in the history of Eastern Arizona, beginning in 1926 with a huge two-day celebration for the dedication of the Coronado Trail. It is also the site where the Mexican Gray Wolf Endangered Species Reintroduction program was instituted in 1997, as recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Go to http://www.hannaganmeadow.com for more details.
The Petrified Forest National Park is two parks in one: The Painted Desert at the North end and The Rainbow Forest at the South end. The park covers over 93,533 acres and consists of six separate "forests" That took over 200 million years to form. There are excellent loop hikes in order to explore the many fascinating sights of natural log bridges, crystals and logs along with the many colors of the layered rocks and hills of the Painted Desert.
Painted Desert Visitor Center: Join a Ranger talk in the sunroom - check activity boards for topic.
Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark: Learn about the Inn’s architectural and historic evolution. Meet inside the Painted Desert Inn for this Ranger guided tour.
Puerco Pueblo: Explore the early Puebloan culture along the Puerco River. Meet at the Puerco Pueblo parking lot trailhead for this Ranger guided walk.
Rainbow Forest Museum: Join a Ranger talk in the sunroom - check activity board for topic.
Triassic Park: How did these trees turn to stone? Find out on this easy Ranger-guided walk along the Giant Logs Trail. Meet in the Rainbow Forest Museum sunroom.
Go to http://www.wmonline.com/attract/pforst/pforest.htm for more information.
For White Mountain trails, go to http://www.wmonline.com/attract/trails/overview.htm
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White Mountain Nature Center (WMNC) provides nature education and wildlife rehabilitation in Arizona's White Mountains and is your gateway to enjoying and understanding the ecology of the beautiful White Mountains region of Arizona. Climb from the grasslands through the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pine crawling with forest-dependent wildlife to the alpine tundra atop Mount Baldy (Arizona's second-highest point at 11,420 ft).Mount Baldy's slopes are the headwaters for four major rivers that nourish rich streamside riparian habitats, fisheries, and the state’s thirsty human population.
Go to http://www.whitemountainnaturecenter.org for WMNC’s event calendar and information on upcoming events,
The Hon-Dah Casino owned and operated by the White Mountains Apache Tribe has a myriad of slots and gaming tables and is just the place to enjoy a great game of blackjack or poker. Hon-Dah boasts well over 800 slot machines and every game-filled evening is filled with pure excitement. The casino offers a conference center and restaurant. It also hosts additional entertainment and the Apache tribe frequently features lively cultural festivals for all visitors to enjoy.
Go to http://www.hon-dah.com to see a schedule for upcoming concert, comedy, and special events.
Woodland Lake Park located in the heart of the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside is the shining gem of the TRAILSYSTEM. It offers tennis courts, softball fields, hiking trails, equestrian trails, mountain biking, fishing, ramadas, family picnics, group gatherings, volleyball, charcoal grills, boating, playgrounds, bird-watching, people-watching, and more!
Show Low Historical Society interprets local history and prehistory of Show Low and the White Mountain area. Children programs include museum tours and demonstrations of pioneer skills such as soap, candle and bread making. The museum includes a restored early 1900s jail cell plus nine exhibit rooms on pioneer families. Located at 541 East Deuce of Clubs Show Low, AZ 928-532-7115
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