in Rim Country, White Mountains of Arizona & Beyond...

Get Your Mountain On with Outdoor Sports...

    There are so many things to do up on the Rim and in the White Mountains every season of the year. The fishing is outstanding and rated as one of the top trout fishing areas in the State of Arizona. It is the only place you will find the Native White Mountain Apache Trout. The abundant wildlife attracts many hunters during hunting season and there is plenty of room at the inn throughout Rim Country and the White Mountains, including SunrisePark Resort, Greer and Springerville-Eagar.

    Once summer temperatures hit the Valleys, you can count on much cooler weather up here. On the average, Rim Country and the White Mountains are about 20 degrees or more cooler. That makes for great golfing at one of our many Golf Courses.

    In the winter, you can trade in your hiking boots for a pair of ski boots or snowshoes. There are some great Nordic ski areas located around the area that are perfect for a pristine winter experience. Click  on the pictures above and choose your next Mountain experience.....

The Dog

By: Brian Zongker, PGA, NSP


They say that a man’s best friend is his dog. Well, I used to think that was one of the dumbest things that I had ever heard. How could an animal be your best friend? He can’t buy me a beer. He can’t drive me to the hospital. He can’t give me advice when I have a problem. Can’t bail me out of jail. Certainly, he is not a very good partner in a two-man scramble. I’ve discovered it’s not what they can’t do, it’s what they can that makes them your best friend.


My dog is my son’s dog but has lived with me for the last several years, so yeah…. He’s my dog and truly my best friend. We got him from the Humane Society of the White Mountains. I will never forget the day we met him. One of the staff members went to get him out of his pen and he didn’t want to come out so he picked him up. Well, as soon as he did, the dog started peeing. He peed all the way down the hall (about 40 feet), out the door and almost the entire way to the area where they let you take the dogs off leash and get to know them. I couldn’t get past the thought of all that pee going on my carpet. The nice part about the Humane Society was that they let us take him home overnight to see if he was a good fit for the family. Well, we barely got him home and my son knew he was the one. I said, “Really? He peed for practically a hundred yards? Are you sure?” Oh, but he was sure. We did have to take him back for some reason but they assured us that in a couple of days, he was ours. I had the pleasure of picking him up once he was ready. Filled out all the paperwork. Got him on the leash and said our goodbye’s and thank you’s and headed out the door. The moment I got him outside, he started peeing. He peed so much that it covered the side walk. A horse doesn’t pee that much. I thought to myself, what have we gotten...READ MORE...

Snake Aversion Training Comes to Payson

By Rebecca Wiles


   Through the courtesy of Payson Parks and Recreation and P.A.W.S., the local dog park club, Jay Amos of Snakebrakes brought his show to town by offering rattlesnake aversion training in the small dog area of the Payson Bark Park. More than 35 people signed up and had their pets effectively trained to avoid rattlesnakes.

   There are several different techniques to teaching snake aversion to dogs and the method Snakebrakes uses is to milk and de-fang their snakes prior to a training session. They transport the snakes to the community sessions in individual coolers, for temperature control and privacy, and each snake even has his name printed on his cooler. If they expect to be training a large number of dogs, they may bring more than one snake to reduce over-stressing any one of their charges.

   The snake is placed, coiled, on the ground or on a burlap sack and Jay passes close to it with the leashed, e-collared, dog. The dog is allowed to get a good look and smell and hear the sound of the rattle before Jay quickly vibrates the e-collar and whisks the dog away.  Again, they approach the snake and, again, briskly run away after the dog gets a sense of the snake. After multiple passes, if the dog still shows an interest in assertively approaching a rattlesnake, Jay will give him a quick, mild shock from the e-collar. At this point, usually, the dog will refuse to go anywhere near the rattlesnake.  Some dogs have a natural


Backwoods Driving; Tips on Getting Back Home

By Dan Groebner

  We're lucky here in the White Mountains to have a fairly well-developed road system providing access to hiking trails, fishing holes and quality hunting habitat.  However, even an interstate can become a challenge to navigate in bad weather and none of our local roads come close to interstate class.  Wet, muddy and snowy roads pose the most obvious challenge but there's as many ways to get sideways in the woods as there are birds singing on an April pre-dawn.  The following suggestions shouldn't be considered any guarantee you can get back home every time but these ideas, and a lot of common sense, will go a long way to help.

  The first rule of every adventure is to let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.  That's a great safety net which relieves tons of pressure in decision making if you get in a pickle.  You will always know that someone will eventually come looking for you and find you if you make it easy for them.    The second rule should be to buddy up with another vehicle that can turn into a shuttle to civilization and provide more hands-on-deck if there are some digging chores involved.

   There's no amount of driving experience, no tires big enough nor no lift kit high enough to prevent serious damage to some softer roads and trails when they get too wet.  You might make it back into...READ MORE...

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