Pinetop-Lakeside is an incorporated community

located in the scenic White Mountains of Arizona. Founded in

the early 1880s by Mormon pioneers, Lakeside derived its name

from the area's lakes, and Pinetop derived its name from the

nickname of a saloonkeeper who served the Fort Apache soldiers.

The two communities incorporated as one town in 1984.

Pinetop-Lakeside, at an elevation of 7,200 feet, is known for its

extensive tourism and recreational activities, proximity to the

world's largest stand of ponderosa pine, and for an outstanding

quality of life. From Phoenix, U.S. 60 through the scenic Salt

River Canyon or state Highway 260 through Payson will lead to

Pinetop-Lakeside.

 

Pinetop-Lakeside is a part of the dynamic economic development

of Arizona. It offers many resources: pollution-free air, plentiful

clean water, forest products, abundant recreational activities,

access to major metropolitan areas, a refreshing four-season climate,

and a well-planned rural business atmosphere to serve the

needs of the people in its region.

 

The economy of Pinetop-Lakeside is heavily oriented toward

trade and services for tourists and recreation-seekers, as well as

residents. A winter sports complex, Sunrise Ski Resort, located

30 miles east of Pinetop-Lakeside on the White Mountain

Apache Indian Reservation, attracts skiers from around the

southwest as well as internationally with its well developed

slopes and facilities. Pinetop-Lakeside provides much of the available

lodging, and local businesses have taken advantage of this

new market.

 

Manufacturing in Navajo County is based largely on forest products.

Raw materials for this industry are provided by the world's

largest stand of ponderosa pine.  Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by

the natural beauty of the White Mountains, the Apache/Sitgreaves

National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation.

Hiking, biking and horseback riding are popular recreational activities on the over

180 miles of developed multi-use trails, which are part of the

White Mountain Trail system. The area was ranked third best Trail

Town in 1996 by the American Hiking Association. Hunting and

fishing are also popular recreational activities, and picnic and

camping facilities are provided throughout the area.

 

The reservation alone has more than 300 miles of streams and 26 major

lakes. (A special use permit is needed on the reservation.)

Rainbow, brown and brook trout are the primary fish caught in

the numerous public, and one private, fishing lakes in this area.

Pinetop-Lakeside is noted for its golf courses and Woodland

Lake Park with its excellent recreational facilities. Cross-country

skiing, sledding, snowmobile and ice fishing can be enjoyed

during the winter. Immediately south of Pinetop-Lakeside is the

Mogollon Rim. The Rim is a steep escarpment ranging from

1,000 to 2,000 feet in height, which separates Arizona's northern

plateau region from the lower deserts of central and southern

Arizona.