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.