Hiking is a year-round activity in the Arizona White Mountains. From remote trails in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest to the trails of the White Mountains Trail System, there are trails for all ages and abilities. The White Mountains Trail System consists of over 200 miles of interconnecting, multi-use trail loops stretching from the community of Vernon in the east to the community of Clay Springs in the west. The system includes urban trails in Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low and the Wagon Wheel area that connect to the parks in the area.
The award winning White Mountains Trail System is among the best in the southwest U.S. and offers hikers an excellent opportunity to view area wildlife including deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, antelope and turkey.
One of the unique features of the White Mountains Trail System is that all are loops that are also joined by connector trails making longer hikes possible. Hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers are all welcome on the Trail System. During winter, selected areas are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Mountain biking is very popular in the Arizona White Mountains. Mountain bikers can enjoy biking throughout the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest as well as on the White Mountains Trail System. High altitudes and the alpine climate of the area make it an ideal training location for long-distance runners and triathletes.
The White Mountain Open Trails Association (WMOTA) is a family-oriented group of adult ATV/UTV riders. The club is a socially-oriented organization with the purpose of promoting safety, conservation, and the education of fellow members and the public on protecting our land and the future of the sport. Off-highway enthusiasts are invited to enjoy the beautiful White Mountain country while preserving the integrity of the landscape by riding trails designated for this purpose.
WMOTA has cataloged numerous trails in Arizona and throughout the western United States. Club members will have access to all of these trails and be invited to monthly rides and camping outings. More information and membership applications may be obtained at www.wmota.org.
The Arizona White Mountains are known for their abundant and diverse wildlife. Game hunts are available throughout the year and are managed by the Arizona Game & Fish Department. The area is famous for world-class hunting. These forests produced the current world-record typical elk. In addition to the hunts offered by the State of Arizona, the White Mountain Apache Tribe organizes game hunts as well.
The Arizona White Mountains offer a cool break from triple-digit temperatures for summertime golfers. There are 10 courses in the area that will challenge all levels including Torreon Golf Club, Bison Golf Club, Pinetop Lakes Golf and Country Club and Pinetop Country Club.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Sunrise Park Resort is in the heart of the Arizona White Mountains and offers 65 runs and 10 chair lifts for downhill skiing as well as separate areas for snowboarding and cross-country skiing.