Arizona August 03, 2016
8 Reasons To Drop Everything And Head To Arizona’s White Mountains Before Summer’s Over
An escape into the pines is the perfect way to spend any summer day. Here in Arizona, we’re blessed to have forests dotted around the state that offer cooler temperatures, fresh pine-scented air, and plenty of outdoorsy activities. One area that doesn’t usually get the recognition it deserves is Arizona’s White Mountains, located on the eastern side of the state.
1. It’s less crowded here.
Compared to other forested areas of the state, and depending on where you go, it is easier to find solitude here.
2. Enjoy a stay in a cozy cabin.
Pinetop, Greer, and other little towns have great cabin options that offer a rustic experience.
3. Take a hike along West Baldy Trail.
One of the numerous hiking trails in the White Mountains, this one takes you to the summit of Mount Baldy.
4. Go for a boat ride at Woods Canyon Lake.
Who wouldn’t want to see this while kayaking?
5. Visit the Casa Malpaís Ruins.
This archaeological site near Springerville is a surprising find, especially since the structures are made from basalt instead of the sandstone materials we are used to seeing in ancient Puebloan dwellings.
6. Go for a drive along the scenic Arizona State Route 261.
This 18 mile scenic drive closes every winter, so you’ll definitely want to drive this before the cold weather begins to arrive. This route will take you on a winding path through pines, meadows, and grasslands before ending at Crescent Lake.
7. Set up your tent at Big Lake.
Located just a few miles south of the end of SR261, Big Lake is a popular camping site and when you take one look at it, you’ll see why!
8. Go for a ride on a ski lift.
If you want to see the White Mountains as the birds do, try a lift ride. Sunrise Ski Park in Greer is one summer option.
So beautiful! If you want more ideas for the perfect summer escape, be sure to check out our previous article,
There’s Something Magical About These 14 Arizona Lakes In The Summer.