What to Do

Top Things to Do in Pinetop-Lakeside

At an elevation of 7,000 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. Our festival and events calendar is full year-around. It's always a good time to visit The White Mountains.

Group of Hikers on a Forest Trail


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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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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Aquatic Sports

With more than 60 lakes and streams in the White Mountains area, this is a great place for kayaking and other water activities.

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Pinetop-Lakeside Events and Festivals

Check Out Upcoming Events & Festivals

There is always something fun to do in Pinetop-Lakeside.

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