Lakeside, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ, USA

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Lakeside, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ, USA

Lakeside vacation rentals

A mile-high mountain oasis in the desert

Founded by Mormon pioneers in the early 1880s, Lakeside was named after the many beautiful mountain lakes in the area. Once its own community, Lakeside is now the northwestern half of Lakeside-Pinetop, a town now home to a population of about 5,000 lucky souls. The neighborhood is known for its cool climate _ rare in a desert state _ and the sparkling water that makes wildlife flourish, sportsmen salivate, and nature lovers swoon. Whatever the season, your Lakeside vacation rental will be the perfect high elevation home base.

Festivals, fishing, and family in Lakeside

Lakeside is one of those rare neighborhoods offering activities suited to every season. In winter, you might not see much of your Lakeside vacation rental. You'll be too busy skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. In spring, sportsmen simply switch from ice fishing to, well, normal fishing, and the rest of Lakeside's visitors kayak or boat around the area's calm, clear lakes. Cool summer weather means excellent camping and family-friendly outdoor music festivals, not to mention more fishing. Fall is when scenic hiking is best. (Fishing? Still good.)

History and art, from Apache explorers to Dutch engravers

Families and history buffs will love the exhibits and artifacts at the Pinetop-Lakeside Historical Society Museum. Its collections include oral histories recounted by descendants of White Mountain Apache scouts, Mormon pioneers, freighters, cattle ranchers, and other former residents of Fort Apache. For those up for a scenic drive and a day trip, the Renee Cushman art museum is 50 miles east, in the Springerville Heritage Center. It features Cushman's amazing collection of art objects, including a Rembrandt engraving, pen-and-inks by Tiepolo, and 15th-century antiques.

A sunny, year-round destination that never feels swamped

Dry, sunny summers and snowy winters make Lakeside ideal both for winter sport enthusiasts and vacationers who love summer activities but don't love summertime heat waves. January lows hit the 20s or high teens, and July highs top out in the mid-80s. The neighborhood bustles with more visitors in spring, summer, and fall but maintains a rural, small-town feel, so you don't have to worry about peak-season crowds. Some Lakeside vacation rentals are on rural roads, so make sure you're prepared for snowy conditions if you book during winter.

White Mountains and the critters who love them

Surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, your Lakeside vacation rental will sit in the cool, crisp White Mountain region of Arizona, home to ponderosa pines, crystal clear water, and dozens of creeks and rivers meandering down from the snowy peaks. This habitat means great trout fishing and colorful meadows of springtime wildflowers. It also means great birdwatching _ you'll spot everything from woodpeckers to hawks to hummingbirds _ and the occasional special sighting of a foraging bear or a mountain goat.