Pinetop: The Surrounding Region

The White Mountains of eastern Arizona form a spectacular range, sometimes called the “Arizona Alps”, that stretches westward from the New Mexico border, and sits on the southern edge of a massive geologic formation known as the Colorado Plateau.

Mount Baldy, the highest point within the White Mountains (11,420 feet at the summit) — also the second-highest peak in the state — feeds the headwaters of the Salt River and produces the most abundant trout fishing streams in Arizona. In fact, the White Mountains are noted for their countless lakes and streams, in a state where surface water is the exception.

At 7,200 feet, nestled within the largest stand of Ponderosa pine on the continent, the Pinetop-Lakeside community sits midway between the lower peaks of the White Mountains and their highest points.