PINETOP – LAKESIDE
Pinetop-Lakeside is an incorporated community located in the scenic White Mountains of Arizona. Founded in the early 1880’s by Mormon pioneers, Lakeside derived its name from the area’s lakes, and Pinetop derived its name from the nickname of a saloon keeper who served the Fort Apache soldiers. The two communities incorporated as one town in 1984. Pinetop-Lakeside, at an elevation of 7,300 feet, and a population of 3875, 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.
Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by the natural beauty of the White Mountains, the Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest and the White MountSkier Sunrise Ski Resortain Apache Indian Reservation. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing are popular recreational activities. Picnic and camping facilities are provided throughout the area. The White Mountain Trailsystem provides over 180 miles of developed multi-use trails.
Pinetop-Lakeside is noted for its golf courses and Woodland Lake Park with it’s excellent recreational facilities. Cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing can be enjoyed during the winter.