White Mountain Activities
Come see what the White Mountains has to offer!
Located in eastern Arizona, the White Mountains offer many fun-filled activities for young and old alike.
Entertainment abounds in the White Mountains of Arizona! Hon-Dah Resort and Casino, owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, is a sure bet! Visitors can also enjoy live music and dancing nightly as well as comedy shows in the Timbers Lounge. The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains, established in 1999, supports visual, performing and media arts in the White Mountains Region. Understanding that a strong interest in the cultural arts is a benefit for both the region’s economy and quality of life, the organization supports a film society, art scholarships and events.
The White Mountains Symphony Orchestra Performance repertoire includes full orchestral works, chamber music, concertos and collaborative performances with choirs and dance troupes. Each season the organization aspires to offer new opportunities and experiences for enjoying and sharing orchestral music within the White Mountains. The White Mountains also has a rich tradition of hosting festivals. During the cool summer months, when the rest of the desert southwest is battling severe heat, the region attracts visitors to a wide variety of festival events. From the Native American Arts Festival to the High Mountain Music Festival, Run to the Pines Car Show and the Show Low Car Show, there is virtually an event each weekend during the summer. Most community events are locally produced and include arts and crafts shows as well as local musical entertainment.
Located 220 miles east of Phoenix and 250 miles north of Tucson, the White Mountains are the second highest mountain range within Arizona. The relatively isolated terrain is a popular hiking area for those in search of natural beauty and solitude. There are over 200+ miles of non-motorized multiple use developed trails within the White Mountains, most between eight and 16 miles in length and ranging in elevation from 6,500 feet to over 11,000 feet depending on the area. Hikers, bikers, equestrians and cross-country skiers share the magnificent habitat with a diversity of wildlife. Outdoor enthusiasts can find trail maps through the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce.
The White Mountains is a fisherman’s paradise offering approximately 54 lakes and 680 miles of rivers and streams located within acres of National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Several species of trout, small and large-mouth bass, walleye, catfish and pan fish will whet the appetite of any avid fisherman (or woman)! Many of the areas have picnic and camping facilities available.
Outdoor enthusiasts have a tremendous variety of landscapes, terrain and hunting opportunities to choose from. The White Mountains of Arizona are one of the most sought-after areas to hunt wild game/water fowl including elk, deer, antelope, ducks, geese and many more species of game.
Sunrise Park Resort, Arizona’s premier ski destination, located on the Apache Indian Reservation consists of 800 acres, 3 mountains, 7 lifts and 65 trails providing skiing enjoyment for the beginner to the expert skiing enthusiast. Sunrise Park Resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe and features high speed quad chairlifts, having a capacity in excess of 16,000 skiers per hour. The lifts are also open during the spring and summer months for scenic viewing.
The White Mountains of Arizona is your gateway to enjoying and understanding the ecology of the White Mountain region – a place to discover nature – and yourself! The White Mountains abound with an abundance of flora and fauna, lakes and streams that provide habitat for a diverse number of wildlife species. Be sure to visit the White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center located in Pinetop-Lakeside.
Golf courses, both public and private, abound in the White Mountains of Arizona. Seasonal golfers can meander down fairways that are surrounded by dense groves of aspen trees, blue spruce, and ponderosa pines depending on the course location. Golfing at a cool, mountain pine golf course of the White Mountains is a great experience!