The White Mountains range starts west of the Arizona transition zone, a place known as the Mogollon Rim located in the eastern part of Arizona. The mountainous region stretches mostly east, but a little south, and meanders to the west as far as New Mexico.
The geologists have deemed this area the Colorado Plateau, which includes the high country of northeast Arizona, eastern Utah, northwest New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Much of the White Mountains range is also within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
The White Mountains supports many communities, but all are considered small if you hail from the likes of Phoenix, Los Angeles, or Denver. By no stretch of the imagination could any of our towns be considered a metropolitan area, but we rival much larger cities with our vast selection of indoor and outdoor activities your entire family will enjoy—year-round and year after year.
Mount Baldy, the highest peak, is laced with two seven-mile established trails—moderate hikes offering views of the Little Colorado River, lush meadows, and deep pine forests, before converging at an 11,200 ft. saddle, just short of the summit. The final ascent is on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation and closed to non-tribal members.
Other peaks in the region beckon hikers, campers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The three peaks at Sunrise Ski Park, which host more than 60 downhill ski runs, snowmobiling trails, cross-country skiing trails, a tubing hill, a zipline, chairlifts, and so much more, will give you a day in the sun and an unparalleled family outing. There are dozens of locales for snow and water activities—both motorized and non-motorized—throughout the region. Tracks, trails, docks, and staging areas are maintained seasonally to ensure visitors have safe access.
The White Mountains shed rain and snow to the south, which feed tributaries of the Salt River, and the Little Colorado River to the north. This is home to more than 50 lakes and streams from the very narrow to frothing rapids—idyllic, breathtaking scenes where you can ice fish, fly fish, kayak, canoe, boat, or anything in between.
Come to Show Low where you can experience Arizona’s four seasons.