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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 all 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.

Group of Hikers on a Forest Trail

1. 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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Group of Bicyclists Riding Up a Nature Trail

2. 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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Woman on Horseback in Nature

3. 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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Man and Boy Fishing at a Lake

4. 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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Golf Ball Near the Hole with Feet in Background

5. Golfing

Come and golf in the cool pines of Arizona’s White Mountains. Pinetop-Lakeside offers pristine 18-Hole Golf Courses with the area’s best scenery.

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Man and Boy Building a Campfire

6. Camping

Whether your idea of a night under the stars includes a sleeping bag on the ground, a tent, a camper, or an RV, Pinetop-Lakeside has camping galore, from primitive camp sites to full hook-ups.

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Deer Standing by Creek

7. Wildlife Viewing & Bird Watching

The White Mountains and surrounding areas offer a wide diversity of 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, or see a foraging bear.

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Hunter Looking Across a Field Using Binoculars

8. 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, muzzle-loading rifles, firearms, and trapping.

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Small Off-Road Vehicle Crossing a Stream

9. ATV & UTV Motorized Vehicles

If you have a need for speed, check out our Maverick Motorized Trail. More than 60 miles link various forested lands and communities.

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Person Holding Several Shopping Bags

10. 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.

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Two People Carrying a Canoe Over Their Heads

Bonus: Water Sports

With more than 60 lakes and streams in the White Mountains area, if you like it wet and wild, this is the summer of your dreams.

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