Hiking throughout The White Mountains is a year-round experience. From the rugged terrain of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest to the White Mountains Trail System, there are trails for all levels and ages. The White Mountains Trail System is a series of 25 to 30 interconnecting, multi-use trail loops ranging from the community of Vernon on the eastern edge and stretching to the community of Clay Springs in the west. The system includes urban trails in the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, the City of Show Low and the Wagon Wheel area. Currently five delightful parks are being connected to the System: Fools Hollow Lake, Woodland Lake Park, Big Springs Environmental Study Area and Billy Creek.
The excellent Trail System has been nationally ranked as one of the nation’s premier hiking destinations. The region is attracting hikers of all ages and abilities and is quickly becoming a burgeoning tourism draw as well. Most trails are also inhabited by watchable wildlife, including elk, bear, mountain lion, antelope, deer, javelina, turkey, quail, as well as rabbit. Depending on the season, waterfowl are also found throughout the abundant lakes and streams.
One of the unique features of the Trail System is the Trail Loop concept. Traditionally, most trails go from point A to point B, requiring a return trip over the same terrain. The Trail System loop goes from point A and returns to point A. Loops are also joined by connector trails, making longer traverses possible. Loops vary in size, allowing a pleasant evening walk, a day-hike with a stop at selected picnic-type areas, a multi-day horseback trail ride, an adventurous back-pack trip, or a scenic mountain bike tour. During winter, selected areas are open to cross-country skiing.
Sunrise Park Resort
Hiking – What a great way to spend the day with friends or family. Tall Aspen, Pine & Blue Spruce Trees create an incredible backdrop for a breathtaking nature hike at nearly 11,000 feet. (855) 735-7669 or Sunrise Park Resort – Hiking.
For a complete list of trails please visit: Trail Maps
Recreational Mountain Biking
One of the fastest growing recreation activities, mountain biking in the White Mountains is a huge draw. The region is primarily forest, with some high desert elevations. Throughout the White Mountains Trail System, as well as the miles of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Service roads, mountain bike enthusiasts can travel for great distances without interference from motorized vehicles. With the high altitude, triathletes are discovering the White Mountains region as a prime training location. It has been estimated that within the Trail System and connecting trails, a bike rider can travel for more than 120 miles without interruption.
Sunrise Park Resort
Biking – Sunrise Biking Trails offer something for everyone. Whether a beginner or a novice, our mountain is perfect for practice or pleasure.
Safety gear is advised. Helmets are available for rent in the Sunrise Rental Shop. (855) 735-7669 or Sunrise Park Resort – Mountain Biking.
For a complete list of trails please visit: Trail Maps
Pinetop Country Club – Private
Located two miles east of State Highway 260, across from White Mountain Country Club. The magnificent view from the club house overlooks the finishing greens of each nine, the driving range, the practice greens, and the first tee. The course plays to a par 71 and measures 6,461 yards. Pinetop Country Club was built and designed by Milt Coggins, one of the foremost golf course architects in the country. Members and guests only. (928) 369-2461 or Pinetop Country Club.
Pinetop Lakes Golf and Country Club – Open to the Public
Located one quarter mile east of State Highway 260 across from the White Mountain Country Club. This 18 hole executive course is open to the public and shares its pleasure with all who like the shorter course. A beautiful clubhouse with full restaurant and lounge compliment this experience. Call for tee times. (928) 369-4531 or Pinetop Lakes Country Club.
White Mountain Country Club – Private
This picturesque par 72 championship golf course is located one mile east of Pinetop on Hwy 260. This course sprawls over 150 acres and boasts beautifully kept fairways that angle thorough the tall ponderosa pine forest. Members and guests only. (928) 367-4357 or White Mountain Country Club.
Torreon – Private
The internationally acclaimed golf course architect Robert Von Hagge, creator of such renowned courses as the “Blue Monster” at Doral in Miami, FL, and Royal Mougins Golf Club in Southern France, along with his partners Mike Smelek and Rick Baril, created Torreon.
Torreon’s 36 holes of championship golf is one of Arizona’s most exhilarating and picturesque golf experiences. Preserving the aesthetics of the land, including its natural washes and wildlife, you’ll maneuver tree-lined fairways that frame spectacular mountain views. The Tower and Cabin Courses are distinctive in style creating a breadth of opportunities to test your skill. Torreon offers an interesting challenge to seasoned golfers as well as those just getting started. Plan a group tournament. Take a private or group lesson to polish your game. With inspired settings, great golf and luxurious lodging you’ll find reasons to stay longer and get in one more round.
Torreon golf courses are open for play April through November each year and closed for the months of December through March. (928) 532-4653 or Torreon.
Bison Golf – Open to the Public
Formerly the Show Low Country Club and Golf Course. Bison Golf Course is situated high in the majestic White Mountains in Show Low, Arizona, is the beautiful Bison Golf Club, a semi-private course offering a stunning combination of 18 picturesque golf holes, several of which snake through tall pine trees while others meander through a spacious grand meadow.
By combining spectacular rolling hills and winding trails of ponderosa pines, Bison Golf Club is a special place to enjoy your mountain golf outings and experience some of the splendor and beauty of Arizona’s White Mountains. (928) 537-4564 or Bison Golf.
Silver Creek Golf Club – Open to the Public
Located seven miles north of Show Low and five miles east of Highway 77 on White Mountain Lake Road. This is the newest 18 hole championship golf course in Arizona’s White Mountains. Silver Creek was nominated for the nation’s best new public golf course by Golf Digest in 1986. The course was designed by Gary Panks and provides 18 memorable golf holes that have bunkered bentgrass greens. Silver Creek also has one of the finest practice facilities in the southwest which includes a unique 19th hole for warm-ups and playoffs. Reservations can be made in advance and fees are reasonable. (928) 537-2744
Snowflake Municipal Golf Course – Open to the Public
Located one mile west of Snowflake on Hwy 277. This course is open year-round and offers an 18-hole course with water hazards, practice greens, driving range and more. Visit the Club House for a bite to eat at the snack bar. Cart Rentals are available for your convenience. We host Tournaments on Labor Day, 4th of July Celebration, and other holidays. (928) 536-7233 or Snowflake Golf Course.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
There’s nothing quite like horseback riding in the White Mountains of Arizona as you ride into the tranquility of fresh mountain air as you experience the beauty of the pine forests, mountain sides, streams and meadows of wildflowers. Choose among the best horse riding stables and trail ride cowboy guides in the White Mountains area including Show Low, Pinetop Lakeside, Greer, Alpine and other region communities.
Pinetop Lakes Equestrian Center
Pinetop Lakes Activity Center & Stables offers 1 hour and 2 hour trail rides for ages 8 and up; experienced outdoor guides will lead you into 180 miles of breathtaking trails in the Apache-Sitgreaves national Forest. We also offer rides that include breakfast or lunch. If you’re not a “rider” we have a horse drawn carriage for your horse experience pleasure. The horse drawn carriage is also available for your special event.
Riding lessons for those wishing to gain valuable experience from our trained staff are also offered; with one of our horses or yours. (928) 369-1000 or Pinetop Lakes Equestrian Center.
Porter Mountain Stables at Flag Hollow Ranch
Porter Mountain Stables offers a variety of services including Horseback Riding, Boarding, Clinics, Lessons, Roping, Barrels, and Events. Explore the wonders of nearby creeks and streams, Scotts Reservoir, tall Ponderosa trees, and huge meadows while on horseback. Option to venture down the Timber Mesa Scenic overlook at sunset is also available! (928) 368-9599.
X Diamond Ranch
Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains of Arizona, in the South Fork Canyon on the Little Colorado River near the village of Greer; among tall ponderosa pines and pristine mountain air, you’ll find the secluded X Diamond Ranch with beautiful log cabin rentals that offer you all the comforts of your own home. (928) 333-2286 or X Diamond Ranch.
Snowy Mountain Stables at Sunrise Park Resort
Take a Trip into the Past with a guided horseback tour through the backwoods of the White Mountains.
Storytelling available during the ride by appointment only. 928-735-7454 or Sunrise Park Resort – Horseback Riding.
Sunrise Park Resort
In the heart of Arizona’s magnificent White Mountains, Sunrise Park Resort is a recreational paradise offering a wide range of fun and excitement. In winter, our three mountains offer some of the finest skiing and snowboarding in the Western United States. Our 65 runs promise adventure for skiers or boarders of any level. There is also cross country ski trails, sledding and tubing area.
The Sunrise Park Lodge, located near beautiful Sunrise Lake, is available for comfortable lodging in the winter and summer seasons. The 100-room hotel offers great dining, indoor pool and whirlpool, lounge and game room. You can escape into the wilderness, ski, mountain bike, enjoy our annual festivals and fish to your heart’s content. Or you can simply look out on some of the most beautiful land in Arizona. Summer or winter, when you come to Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains of Arizona, you’ll find a land, and excitement, you’ll want to experience throughout the year.
For Snowboarders and Skiers Sunrise offers a Terrain Park. Within sight of Sunrise Day Lodge, the park features implanted wood and metal rails, boxes, and a special event area with jumps ranging from beginner to advanced.
Sunrise Park Resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, we invite you to come enjoy the natural beauty, excitement and family fun, just a four hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. (855) 735-7669 or Sunrise Park Resort – Ski.