Greer is a summer and winter visitor, outdoor recreational center

in the heart of the White Mountains in eastern Arizona. It sits

at an elevation of 8,500 feet. The Willard Lee family arrived in Greer in

1879 and named it Lee Valley. In 1898, when a post office was established,

the name was changed to Greer in honor of a leading citizen, Americus Vespucius

Greer. The Apache County community is unincorporated.

 

The economy of Greer is heavily oriented toward serving tourists

and recreation seekers, as well as area summer homeowners. With

more than 90 percent employment in the trade and services sector,

Greer's tourist-related activities provide substantial opportunities for

area residents. Local sources estimate that roughly 200,000 people visit

the Greer area from July through September.

Summer is the height of the tourist season, but winter sporting

activities now draw increasing numbers of enthusiasts. Greer is fast

becoming a year-round destination point as people discover the

beauty of Arizona’s high-county and the renewing pleasure of having

four seasons from which to choose outdoor recreational activities.

The Greer Cross Country Ski Trails, along with Sunrise Park Resort,

a winter sports complex 18 miles from Greer, are attracting skiers

from Arizona and adjoining states with their well-developed slopes

and facilities. Some residents also travel to Show Low, Pinetop,

Springerville or Eagar for employment.

 

Greer is surrounded by beautiful pine forests, laced with numerous

mountain streams and sparkling lakes. Fishermen have three

Greer lakes to choose from in addition to Big Lake, Crescent Lake,

Lee Valley Lake, Sunrise Lake and many others.

Horseback riding, sailing, biking, canoeing and mushroom hunting

are popular in the area during summer, a time which also provides

excellent opportunities for photography, bird watching, rock collecting

and hiking. Numerous scenic drives are available year-round.

Hunting elk, deer, bear, antelope, mountain lion, turkey and grouse

is permitted with a license.

The winter months provide cross-country skiing, downhill skiing,

horse drawn sleighing, sledding, snowmobile, ice fishing and skating.

Instruction is available for downhill and cross-country skiing. The

Sunrise Park Resort, near 10,700-foot Mt. Ord, offers 11 lifts and

two T-bars serving 65 trails on a variety of slopes. The ski lodge has

92 rooms available. The complex is owned and operated by the

White Mountain Apache Tribe.

 

The Greer Lakes Recreation Area (8-mile radius of Greer) has four

campgrounds with 205 campsites. Fishing is available at all

the campgrounds. There are additional maintained campgrounds

within a half-hour, drive of Greer in the National Forest.