You can never have enough of NATURE. — Henry David Thoreau
Rim Country, White Mountains of Arizona and Beyond...
Located in the Northeastern Region of Arizona. Adventure starts on AZ Highway 87 (Beeline) from Roosevelt Lake, through Payson, turns right onto AZ Highway 260 and travels through Christopher Creek and Kohl's Ranch, climbs up the Mogollon Rim to Forest Lakes and Heber, then continues on to Show Low, Snowflake, Vernon, Concho, Pinetop-Lakeside, Hon-Dah, Sunirse Park Resort, Greer and on to Springerville and Alpine. Along the way there are trails, river and lakes, State Parks, ski hills, National Forests and much more!
Payson is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and is a great place for hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting and paddling. Tonto Natural Bridge is the largest Known Tavertine natural bridge in the world and is located just northwest of Payson in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. There are three golf courses and a casino operated by the Tonto Apache Tribe.
Payson is popular with rock hounds and in various areas you can find quartz crystals, geodes, agate and onyx. You can also find fossils in the Paleozoic strata that is exposed along the Mogollon Rim to the north and west of Payson along State Route 87 and State Route 260 ."Home of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo."
Christopher Creek is located off of AZ State Route 260 just minutes north of Payson. A very popular outdoor recreation area with cabins, motels, campgrounds and restaurants. It's pristine forest, jagged cliffs and red rocks inspired novels by Zane Grey including "Call of the Canyon" and "Under the Tonto Rim." Just minutes from the Mogollon Rim, Christopher Creek is one of the best places to hike or bike with incredible scenic views. There are several campgrounds in the area.
Animal Planet filmed an episode here about "Finding Bigfoot" or Arizona's version the "Mogollon Monster."
Check out the Mogollon Monster Race...a 100-mile run that will happen on September 15-16, 2018. For information about the run go to www.mogollonmonster100.com
Heber-Overgaard is located just two and a half hours from the Phoenix, just above the Mogollon Rim in the cool pines of the White Mountains of Arizona. Surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, it is a great place to hike, bike, fish, hunt and paddle.
Immediately south of Heber-Overgaard is the Mogollon Rim, The Rim offers scenic views and numerous man-made lakes ideal for fishing. Hunting for elk, deer, turkey, antelope and bear is permitted. Fishing, in nearby trout streams, is popular. There are also picnic and camping facilities available within the area. Other scenic attractions in the area include Black Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Chevelon Canyon Lake, the Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery, and Chevelon Butte.
According to a legend, Show Low got it's unusual name from a poker game between Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark. The two men were equal partners in a 100,000-acre ranch. Consequently, there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement, and they agreed to settle the issue over a game of "Seven Up" (with the winner taking the ranch and the loser leaving).
Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs (the lowest possible card) and replied, "Show low it is."
As a tribute to the legend, Show Low's main street is named "Deuce of Clubs" in remembrance.
Show Low is the only city among the small towns that make up the White Mountains. Fool Hollow State Park borders Show Low and offers great fishing, paddling, camping and hiking.
Located a few miles from Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by the Apache Sitgreaves forest and the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Designated "Tree City, USA, Pinetop-Lakeside is one of the most beautiful second-home destinations in the Whtie Mountains and only 30 minutes from Sunrise Ski Park.
There are over 1000 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and OHV and Rainbow Lake and Woodland Lake Park are close by and privide great fishing.
There are cool temperatures in the summer, incredible colors in the fall, beautiful wildflowers in the spring and skiing in the winter.
Sunrise Park Resort
Some of the best skiing in the winter and a year-round zip line tour offering six zip lines that spread through the trees and across a ski run for over 3100 feet and then head down the mountain on the Apache flyer, a tandem zip line that is an additional 2,300 feet. There is an airbag jump, a dual climbing wall, a Euro Bungee jump or enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to the top of Sunrise Peak. Attach your mountain bike on the chairlift ride to the top and then cruise down thru tall Aspen and towering Douglas fur. Sunrise Park Resort has Horseback Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, 3-D Archery Shoot, Lodging, Camping and RV facilities. The resort has rooms with scenic views, bar, restaurant, grill and free wi-fi in the lobby.
Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Hon-Dah Resort Casino is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe and is your one-stop Entertainment Center In the White Mountains with over 800 slot machines, live poker and Blackjack. They host monthly Slot Tournaments with a $2,000 grand prize and monthly promotions. Open 24 hours 7 days a week.
Their 128 room hotel boasts over-sized rooms with Year-round pool with jacuzzi and Sauna
and a Gift Shop located in the lobby across from the giant stone fireplace.
There is Live entertainment in the Timbers Showroom - 6 nights a week including the Monday Funday Stand-up Comedy Show and the Spirits Bar, located in lobby, is quiet and relaxing.
Greer is located south of Pinetop-Lakeside and north of Springerville-Eagar on AZ State Route 373. The Little Colorado River meanders through the town that is only 12 miles from Sunrise Ski Resort Park. Greer elevation is at around 8500 feet and has real four seasons. During the Christmas season they host the Winter Wonderland event and in the summer it's Greer Days and the Great Greer Boat Races! Greer Lakes provide great fishing and during the summer the temps are between 30 to 40 degrees cooler than the Phoenix, Tucson and Albuquerque. There are several trails and campgrounds in the area and and the Butterfly Museum provides historical and cultural information of the area.
Springerville and Eagar make up what the locals call "Round Valley," small towns surrounded by mountains, buttes and one of the largest extinct volcano fields in the Country. There are tons of trails for OHV and hiking or biking and several lakes and streams for fishing. Big Lake is only a few miles from Eagar and has great campgrounds that provide tent and RV camping (some with hookups) and Lyman Lake State Park is north of Springerville.
Casa Malapais is located on the outskirts of Springerville and has a rich history of Indian ruins. Sipe Ranch, owned by Arizona Game and Fish Department, is located south of Eagar and is a great place to see pictagraphs, ruins, wildlife and historic homesteads. Originally established in 1879, Springerville sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet.
Stanford General Store
About nine miles east of Show Low on State Route 60 towards Springerville is a small community known as the Y. It’s where highway 61 veers to the left toward Concho and then St. Johns. It’s the kind of place that if you didn’t know about it, you might just drive by. But if you stopped you would find, tucked into the side of Arizona Route 61, a general store that is not only the hub of this small community, but a trending country destination that is a one-stop shop for just about anything and a local hang-out for just about everybody.
Visit the Y-Bar for the live entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But make sure you get there early. The bar is open all day, but this is country living and they turn out the lights at 7pm.
Visitors to Snowflake’s historic homes and tree-lined streets are captivated by its hometown charm and inspiring location. Less than twenty-five miles to the south, the White Mountains’ conifer wilderness climbs to 7000+ feet; thirty miles to the north, on Old Route 66 / I-40, the expanses of the Painted Desert, Navajo Nation and the Petrified Forest National Park offer a rare natural beauty.
Why Snowflake? Does it snow? Although they do receive modest amounts of quickly-melting winter snowfall, Snowflake was named by early Mormon leaders, Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake. Contrary to the name, the geographic location is spared harsh winters, and summer months bring cool breezes that rarely let the temperature rise to the record heat Arizona is known for.
Where mountain lakes and swift running streams dot the countryside. Where Ponderosa Pine, aspen, and fir dominate the landscape. Where four distinct seasons offer something for everyone in our outdoor paradise from quiet relaxation to a myriad of recreational activities. Alpine sits at the foot of Escudilla Mountain, made famous by 'A Sand County Almanac" written by Aldo Leopold, a conservationist who worked the Apache Forest in it's beginning years, early 1900's. It was also home to a large bear named Big Foot.
Every summer Alpine hosts a Blue Grass Festival and Car Show when the desert cities are their hottest and it is a great time to head north. Alpine is located south of Eagar and is one the of most pristine areas of the White Mountains.
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