Top Outdoor Activities in Eastern Arizona
Hiking: Hikers and mountain bikers of all abilities enjoy the White Mountains’ 225 miles of interconnecting loop trails, open to visitors on foot or on nonmotorized wheels. Ranger stations have maps. Allow an hour for every 2 miles of trail, plus an additional hour for every 1,000 feet gained in altitude. Carry water, wear sunscreen, and watch out for poison ivy.
Fishing: Anglers flock to the more than 65 lakes, streams, and reservoirs in the White Mountains. Artificial lures and flies are permitted in winter only. An Arizona fishing license is required; on tribal land you’ll also need a White Mountain Apache fishing license. Want an easier catch? Some lodges have private lakes stocked with trout.
Golfing: The high country’s links draw golfers from all over, and these mountain fairways angle through lush forests and past lakes and springs.
Skiing: The 11,000-foot White Mountains have hilly, wooded landscapes that invite downhill and cross-country skiing adventurers. No matter where you stay in the White Mountains, Sunrise Park Resort is never more than an hour’s drive away.