Spring visitors to Pinetop-Lakeside's White Mountains quickly discover that they love to kick back and enjoy our sweeping views of the pines just as much as diving into an outdoor adventure. Whether it's fishing, biking, hiking, late-season skiing, a day at the local spa, or a foodie extravaganza featuring some of the local dining hot spots, Pinetop-Lakeside is a choose your own adventure story full of good choices.
Ride a gentle horse through creeks, streams, forests, and meadows, or spend the day and ride up to the Ice Caves or over to the Mesa Overlook to get a view of the whole mountain.
Arizona’s Game & Fish department carefully manages the lakes of the Pinetop-Lakeside area to ensure your visit to Arizona’s White Mountains is enjoyable and a family-friendly experience.
Wild Flower Viewing
As the snow melts away, nature begins to decorate our area with the beautiful colors of spring flowers. If you have a love for photography or just loving spending time exploring natures flora and fauna, Spring is an amazing time to visit Pinetop-Lakeside.
Pinetop-Lakeside is home to some of the greatest trails of beginner, intermediate, and advanced difficulty in the White Mountains Trail System. You will find great vistas and the shade of Ponderosa pines.
The White Mountains and surrounding areas offer a wide diversity of habitats - from lakes to juniper grassland to ponderosa and spruce-fir forests - where you might be lucky enough to catch a photo of a spot Gray Jay, Blue Grouse, or Three-toed Woodpecker, or see a foraging bear.