There are countless adventures in store for you when you visit Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. If you think Arizona is all dry deserts and high temperatures, we have a surprise for you: Sitting at an elevation of 7,000 feet, Pinetop-Lakeside offers clean, crisp air; a mesmerizing, star-filled sky; miles of trails through the world’s largest ponderosa pine Forest; and more than 200 streams and lakes. Located only three hours northeast of Phoenix, we are your ideal vacation destination!
This year-round natural playground provides endless opportunities for your favorite outdoor activities. In winter, fall, spring or summer, you’ll receive a warm welcome in Pinetop-Lakeside. In summer, Arizona’s White Mountains offer visitors a variety of scenic attractions and outdoor activities. The mountains are home to more than 50 alpine lakes and 800 miles of cold, crystal clear rivers and springs.
Take your White Mountains adventure to new heights during our annual events. The White Mountain Balloon Festival in June is an event you don’t want to miss: The skies will come to life while you enjoy hot air balloons filling the sky, live music, local food vendors and activities for the whole family. Another crowd favorite is the Run to the Pines Car Show. And, of course, there’s winter skiing at Sunrise Park Resort.
Don’t think that just because you’re coming to the mountains, you must give up the comforts of home. Many visitors enjoy finding a cabin to rent for their stay. Others are drawn to the small-town vibe available through locally owned and operated hotels and resorts with convenient access to outdoor recreation and town amenities. But more and more visitors are coming solely for the food. That’s right: Pinetop-Lakeside continues to satisfy even the most illustrious and discriminating foodies. Local venues invite visitors to enjoy heavenly takes on classics, varied menus and even local brew.