Pinetop and Lakeside were two separate mountain communities until 1984. Both were founded in the late 19th century by Mormon pioneers. Now one combined community, Pinetop-Lakeside is known for its natural beauty and popularity with home seekers and tourist alike. The town's elevation is approximately 7,200 feet.
The pride of Pinetop-Lakeside is Woodland Lake Park, a 100-acre facility within town limits. The park includes picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking and equestrian trails, plus tennis and volleyball courts and softball fields. Woodland Lake is also connected to the White Mountain Trail System, a series of 11 trails designed for non-motorized use. All of the trails loop and some connect to other trails.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the Big Springs Environmental Study Area. Big Springs is a 40-acre plot of undeveloped woods and meadows that has been set-aside as an outdoor study area for local schools and recreation site for residents and visitors. The region is the joint responsibility of the Arizona Fish and Game Department, U.S. Forest Service, Blue Ridge School District and Pinetop-Lakeside.
Nearby Pinetop-Lakeside are the extensive wilderness areas of the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests. The two forests combined spread out over two million acres of land. Visitors can explore the Mogollon Rim; at 7,600 feet in elevation and about 200 miles in length, the Rim provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The elevation of the Apache area ranges from 3,500 feet up to over 11,000 feet. The White Mountain area is home of the largest stand of Ponderosa pine trees in the United States.
Golfers will appreciate the selection of courses within and around Pinetop-Lakeside. A stand-out option is the Silver Creek Golf Club, voted the country's best public course in 1986 by Golf Digest. Other nearby options include Alpine Country Club, Pinetop Country Club, White Mountain Country Club, Pinetop Lakes Golf and Country Club, Show Low Country Club and Snowflake Golf Course.
Pinetop-Lakeside hosts several annual festivals. The summer months are celebrated with the Native American Festival and the White Mountain Bluegrass Musical Festival. Attendees of the Native American Festival enjoy food, music and demonstrations of traditional Apache dances and artwork. The Frontier Days and the Fall Festival are also very popular. The Frontier Days is a western-themed event, while the Fall Festival includes arts and crafts, and antiques and classic cars on display.
Because Pinetop-Lakeside is located in the mountains, the temperatures are considerably cooler than those of the desert region surrounding the Phoenix metro. Year-round, the average temperatures range from the low-30s to the high-60s. The community usually experiences a few days of rainfall each month, with August being the wettest. Some snowfall is common in the winter months. Despite the cool temperatures, Pinetop-Lakeside residents still get their fair share of sunshine. On average, about 165 days out of the year are sunny and cloud-free.