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 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
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