Destination guide

Escape the dry desert summers in Pinetop-Lakeside

The town of Pinetop-Lakeside was once 2 towns founded by Mormons in the late 19th century. The communities were joined in 1984 to create Pinetop-Lakeside. Located in eastern Arizona, the town, which serves as the gateway to the lush White Mountains, is a popular getaway for those living in Tucson and Phoenix who come to the forests and mountains to take refuge from the desert heat. The name comes from the many picturesque lakes that dot the hilly scenery. Use one of the Pinetop-Lakeside vacation rentals as your base to hike and bike along the mountain trails, and discover the glories of the region.

Things to do

Festivals and Apache culture

Staying at a Pinetop-Lakeside vacation rental is often regarded as the ideal way to get stuck into the outdoor activities within the spectacular surrounding countryside. There are also several local historical attractions nearby, including General Cook's Headquarters and the Apache Cultural Center along Highway 73. If you visit between June and September, there are several festivals in town such as the High Mountain Music Festival, the Arts & Crafts Festival, the High Country Hummingbird Festival, and the music, food, and crafts of the Fall Artisan Festival. If you want a flutter, you can try your luck at cards and slots at the Hon-Dah Casino Resort.


Hike along the winding rivers

The town is the prime entry point to the ravishing White Mountains, characterized by pine forests, bubbling creeks, glistening mountain lakes, and winding rivers. The mountainous landscape lends itself to many outdoor pursuits. In the lakes and streams, you can cast your fly fishing line in to catch wild trout, and hike along the banks in admiring the wild elk. Golfing in the pleasant Alpine air is popular and there are several fine courses near to Pinetop-Lakeside. In the winter snows, you can hike with snowshoes, cross-country ski, hunt for deer and go sledding.


Enjoy crisp mountain air in Pinetop-Lakeside

Unlike much of the rest of Arizona, whose dry desert temperatures can be stifling, Pinetop-Lakeside enjoys distinct seasons and an Alpine climate. Spring is warm and the mountains are carpeted in wild flowers. Travelers descend upon lakes and mountain streams to fish for trout. Summer, meanwhile, heats things up, but its high elevation keeps it cool enough for hiking through the lush pine forests, and it is an ideal time to stay at one of the Pinetop-Lakesides vacation rentals. When fall comes, so do the golden leaves before the cold mountain temperature drops creating a playground for winter activities.

Natural features

Getting out to the mountians

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation surround Pinetop-Lakeside. These mountainous pine forests, winding rivers, crystal-clear lakes and rolling lands covered in flowers are particularly beautiful and teem with wildlife. Black bears roam the forests with white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelopes and elks. Rocky mountain bighorn rams climb the cliffs while bald eagles, peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks circle in the morning thermals overhead. Bring the binoculars for a visual feast.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Pinetop

Fly into Show Low, AZ (SOW-Show Low Regional), the closest airport, located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Pinetop?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 377 vacation rentals near Pinetop. From 181 Cabins to 88 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pinetop for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Pinetop?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pinetop. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pinetop Lakes Golf & Country Club: 544 vacation rentals
  • Hon-Dah Casino: 533 vacation rentals
  • Ponderosa Plaza: 541 vacation rentals
  • Woodland Lake Park: 541 vacation rentals
  • Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area: 542 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pinetop listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Pinetop?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 181 Cabins in Pinetop. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pinetop include:

  • Houses: 88 rentals available
  • Cottages: 181 rentals available
  • Chalets: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pinetop?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 77 vacation rentals with pool available in Pinetop. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.