More White Mountain Fun

More White Mountain Fun 2017-01-04T20:22:03+00:00
Horseback riding in the Fall, Greer, AZ

Horseback riding in the Fall, Greer, AZ

Plan a Picnic in a Wildflower Meadow – Various Locations

The many meadows around Greer blossom with an abundance of wildflowers during the spring and summer, and they look as lovely as their names suggest:  Indian paintbrush, wild iris, showy golden eye, and deer’s ears.  So bypass the cut flowers at the supermarket.  Instead, fill your basket with breads and cheeses, and head to the nearest Meadow for a picnic lunch in the warm sunshine among the wildflowers!  For information:  Call the Alpine Ranger District (928) 339-5000 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

 

Tour the Butterfly Lodge Museum – Greer

This historic hunting lodge once belonged to author James Willard Schultz, his wife, a Blackfoot Indian, and his son, the artist Lone Wolf.  Although you won’t find butterflies inside, many believe the museum got its name from the butterflies you’ll often see in the surrounding meadows.  Visiting this beautifully restored cabin filled with historic artifacts is the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon in Greer!  For information, call (928) 735-7514

 

Discover the White Mountains on Horseback—Sunrise Park Resort

Beginning in June and continuing into early fall, Snowy Mountain Stables offers horseback riding at the base of Sunrise Park Resort where elk, deer and turkeys just might cross your path.  Choose from half-hour to full-day rides, and end your adventure with traditional Apache songs and storytelling (by special arrangement).  For information, call (928) 735-7454 or visit www.sunriseskiparkaz.com/summer/horseback-rides

 

Explore Pole Knoll Recreation Area—Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, near Greer

Although Pole Knoll is a cross-country ski area in winter months, during the rest of the year the signs marking its many trails (ranging from a green circle for the easiest trail to a black diamond for the most difficult) work equally well to guide the mix of hikers, bikers, horseback-riders, and drivers.  For more information, call Springerville Ranger District (928) 333-6200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

 

Fish for Trout at Hawley Lake—Fort Apache Reservation

Hawley Lake is one of the most attractive lakes on the reservation, and that’s saying a lot!  Nearly 10 miles of accessible shoreline are surrounded by thick groves of pines, aspens, and spruce.  Anglers will find brook, brown and rainbow trout in the lake’s still waters.  But beware… it’s easy to get hooked!  For more information, call White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish (928) 338-4385

 

Catch a Flick at the El Rio Theater—Springerville

When this little adobe theater opened its doors around 1915, it featured silent films.  Since then, the El Rio Theater has survived fire, recession, and the introduction of the multiplex.  Sure, there’s only one movie—shown at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights—but it’s the reel deal!  For information, stop by 14 W. Main Street in Springerville, or call (928) 333-4590

 

Cruise the Highways—State Route 260 and US Route 191

When you’re headed to the White Mountains, the journey is half the fun!  State Route 260 and US Route 191, the major east-west and north-south routes, are both designated as scenic byways.  State Route 260 offers stunning panoramic views along the Mogollon Rim.  And you’ll watch the landscape shift from dusty desert to alpine forest when you follow US Route 191.  Take the long way home, and see them both!  For more information, call Alpine Ranger District (928) 339-5000 or www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat at Big Lake—Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, near Springerville

Rick Law, the third-generation owner of Big Lake Tackle and Supply, believes this gorgeous lake and its five nearby campgrounds were spared from The Wallow Fire, the state’s largest wildfire, by what could only have been divine intervention.  Stop by his store to rent a rowboat, and then spend the day on the lake’s peaceful waters.  You’ll be singing praises too!  For more information, call (928) 521-1387 or visit www.biglakeaz.com

 

Visit Casa Malpais Archaeological Park—Springerville

The name Casa Malpais means “House of the Badlands,” and refers to the broken basaltic terrain on which the Mogollon people built this 13th century fissure pueblo.  This National Historic Landmark includes an ancient observatory where artists once etched petro glyphs to create a solar calendar.  But call ahead, because this piece of history is only accessible by guided tour.  For more information, call (928) 333-5375

 

Jam Out at Music from Greer– Greer

What began as a weeklong chamber-music festival has evolved into Music from Greer—a weekend concert series that runs from mid-June through early August.  Each year is different, but every year locals and visitors alike look forward to seeing which artists and groups will travel to our little mountain hamlet to make “music with altitude.”  For information, call Ragel Family Greer Community Center (928) 735-9949, stop by 74 Main Street in Greer, or visit www.musicfromgreer.com

 

Take In the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center—Fort Apache Historic Park

This interpretive center for Fort Apache Historic Park is situated in a building that resembles a traditional Apache holy home.  Nowikè Bágowa (House of Our Footprints) contains displays that delve into the tribe’s culture and history.  Admission includes access to the Kinishba Ruins 5 miles west of the fort, and the gift shop sells basketry, beadwork, books and music.  For information, call (928) 338-4625, stop by 127 Scout Road, Fort Apache, or visit www.wmat.nsn.us/fortapachepark.htm

 

Drive the Scenic Road to Greens Peak—Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

An interesting landmark on its own, Greens Peak is a cinder cone that rises from the surrounding grassy terrain like a large overturned bowl.  Additionally, the communications tower at the top boasts sweeping views of Sunrise Lake.  To get there, take Forest Road 117 north from State Route 260 past wildflower filled meadows, and thick forests of pine, spruce and aspen.  For more information, call Springerville Ranger District, (928) 333-6200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/aspf

 

Tour the Springerville Volcanic Field—Beginning in Springerville

With 400 vents covering an area larger than Rhode Island, the size of the Springerville Volcanic Field is enough to blow your mind!   Pick up a pamphlet covering the high points from the Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce, and plan your own self-guided driving tour from Springerville to Green’s Peak.  For more information, stop by 418 E. Main Street in Springerville, or call (928) 333-2123

 

 

Get Cultural at Pow Wow in the Pines—Hon-Dah Resort

Pow Wow in the Pines is a gathering of 25 or so tribes from across the US and Canada held the first week in June.  This exciting weeklong event features competitions, shopping, and foods like roast mutton and steamed-corn stew.  Don’t miss this experience—if the food doesn’t draw you in, the beating drums and costumed dancers will!  For more information, call (928) 369-7576 or visit www.hon-dah.com

 

Search for the Stump of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree—Apache Sitgreaves National Forests

An 85-foot spruce was selected as the national Christmas tree by the superintendent of the US Capitol Grounds one hundred years after conservationist Aldo Leopold began work on the Apache National Forest.  Although the Wallow Fire passed through the site in 2011, the slightly charred stump of the Aldo Leopold Centennial Tree still stands as evidence of nature’s resilience.  To visit the stump, head a quarter-mile north of Forest Road 249 on Forest Road 88B.

 

Ride the Slopes at Sunrise—Sunrise Park Resort, Fort Apache Reservation

Just because it’s not winter doesn’t mean you can’t hit the slopes!  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, head to Sunrise to check out the breathtaking views from the chair lifts.  Once at the top, bask in the scenery with a hike or bike ride.  Specially equipped chairs can carry your bike to the top, and riding down is as much fun as you can have on two wheels!   For more information, call (928) 735-7669 or visit sunriseskipark.com