If you're looking for a vacation away from everything then Pinetop, Arizona is perfect for you and your group. Whether you're planning a trip for the family, a guy's weekend, or a girlfriends' getaway, you'll find it at Pinetop, and with Pinetop vacation rentals, you'll be sure to find comfortable accommodations for a good price. Forget sleeping on the ground, freezing in your blanket, and hoping your tent doesn't leak when it rains. Instead, stay in a Pinetop vacation home where you can have comfort while still enjoying the great outdoors. This Pinetop Travel Guide will outline all you need for a great vacation to Pinetop; if we've missed anything, be sure to let us know!

What to Do in Pinetop

Because Pinetop is known for its nature and lakes, most of the activities in Pinetop will be done outdoors. It's great for outdoors enthusiasts and has been known for being a great vacation spot.

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Fish for Your Dinner

In the White Mountains area, there are more than 65 lakes and streams where you can take a day trip to fish. The most common fish in the area is rainbow trout, which is stocked weekly by the Arizona Game and Fish Department between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you're not sure of where to go to fish, just ask one of your neighbors near your Pinetop vacation rental. Locals know of the best places, and your neighbors will be able to give you insights to the area that you can't get anywhere else.

One of most popular areas to fish is Rainbow Lake where you can fish for rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and sunfish. There is a public boar ramp, which allows anyone to fish in the lake. Scott Reservoir is also a great place to fish.

Golfing Paradise

If you're not much of a fisher, another popular activity near Pinetop vacation rentals is golfing. There are many golf courses in the area, so you could make it a golfing vacation if you wanted. A popular golf course is Pinetop Lakes Golf & Country Club. This 18-hole executive golf course has a challenging layout and the facilities include a driving range, pro shop, putting greens, and clinics. Other golf courses in the area include Concho Valley Country Club, Alpine Country Club, Silver Creek Golf, Snowflake Golf Course, and Show Low.

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Explore the Sitgreaves National Forest

There are many hiking trails in the Pinetop area including trails that wind their way through Sitgreaves National Forest. Pinetop sits right outside this national forest, so you'll be near all the nature there is to explore. These trails can range from easy to difficult and have distances between 1.3 and 18 miles. Whether you want to hike, mountain bike, or ride horses, you're sure to find a trail that is the right distance and difficulty level for your needs. Some of these trails include the Blue Ridge Trail, Buena Vista Trail, Ice Cave Trail, and Ghost of the Coyote Trail.

If you're looking to go for a horseback ride while in Pinetop, check out the Pinetop Lakes Equestrian. One- and two-hour trail rides are available for all who are 7 years and older. These trail rides are available between June 1 and August 31. On Saturday evenings, you can even go for a dinner ride that includes a two-hour ride plus dinner served at the Equestrian Center.

Enjoy the Water

With all the lakes around the area, you're sure to find a location where you can enjoy cooling off, whether you choose a lake or a stream. Rainbow Lake is a popular choice, as is Lake of the Woods and Scott Reservoir. Summer is a great time to go out on the lake and cool off.

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What to See in Pinetop

Arizona is home to many Native American tribes including the Apache tribe. To learn more about their culture, visit the Apache Cultural Center & Museum. You can learn information about their tribe including Apache basketry, Apache responses to military operation, and Apache artists. The museum is open during the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. There are also walking tours available during the summer on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2 p.m. The tours go through the Apache Village and Fort Apache.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Pinetop


pinetop vacationIf you're looking for antiques, especially ones with a Southwestern flair, check out the antique stores near Pinetop vacation rentals. Just some of the antique stores in the area include Country Pine Antiques, Lilly Bear Antiques, Orchard Antiques, and Outhouse Antiques. You're sure to find a unique item that will go perfectly with your decor. If you like Southwester art, be sure to check out the art galleries in the area including High Country Gallery and Diamond West.

Popular Restaurants in Pinetop

If you're into German food, you'll want to try The Munich Haus, considered to be one of Pinetop's best kept secrets. Dishes include potato pancakes with sour cream and apple sauce, Nuremburg Bratwuerstchen (a seasoned sausage), Bavarian Platter, and The Famous Sauerbraten (marinated, braised beef). Other restaurants include the Hilltop Restaurant, which serves good, old-fashioned food; Chalet Restaurant & Bar, which specializes in seafood; Red Devil Pizza for casual fare; and Pasta House Co.

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When to Visit Pinetop

Summer is definitely the most popular time to visit Pinetop vacation rentals, especially if you plan to have fun in the water or are planning to fish. If you would like to spend some time hiking or biking, the shoulder seasons (of spring and fall) might be a good time to visit because you'll be able to avoid the crowds. The summer is a great time to head to Woodland Reservoir or Pine Lake to cool off and enjoy water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing, or wake boarding.

If you're planning a winter trip to Pinetop, don't forget to check out Sunrise Ski Resort around 30 miles away. Here you can go downhill skiing, cross country skiing, tubing, and on sleigh rides. There's a special children's area and a ski school, so feel free to bring the kids along.

Another thing to consider when planning a Pinetop vacation is whether you would like to attend one of their festivals. One of the most popular is the annual Native American Art Festival in July. Here you can find handmade jewelry, rugs, paintings, and more. Other festivals include the White Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival in August, Fall Artisan's Festival in September, and Woodland Wildlife Festival in October.

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What to Bring to Pinetop

Items needed for a Pinetop vacation vary depending on the time of year. If you're planning on a wet vacation while staying at a Pinetop vacation rental, you'll definitely need to bring swimsuits, sunscreen, and water toys. If you're planning on boating, be sure to include life jackets for everyone in your party. Bring along the fishing poles for a fishing vacation and golf clubs if you're heading out on the green. Bringing your own gear will save you from having to rent equipment once you're there.

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Local Services in Pinetop

You'll find the typical services in Pinetop, which include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, ATMs, and gas stations. You might have to go as far as Greer, AZ, about 37 miles away, to rent boats and such, so if you have your own equipment, bring them along. Sunrise Lake nearby is a great lake for boating, swimming, and enjoying the water.

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What to Know About Pinetop

Although Pinetop is mostly a place to enjoy nature and the outdoors, there are some opportunities for enjoying the nightlife near Pinetop vacation rentals as well. If you enjoy gambling, Hon-Dah Resort & Casino can provide you with slot machines, Texas hold'em, seven card stud, blackjack and more. They also have poker tournaments. You can find entertainment including a showroom, comedy show, and live music.

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Getting to Pinetop

If you plan on flying to Pinetop, the nearest airport is in Phoenix, Arizona. From there you'll take the AZ-260 East to Pinetop. Because it's quite a drive, you'll want to rent a car for the rest of the way to Pinetop. If you live near Arizona, you might want to consider driving right to Pinetop, which would allow you to bring all of your gear with you.

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Why Pinetop vacation rentals?

Pinetop vacation rentals are a great option because they'll give you more space than the traditional hotels. Instead of one or two small rooms, you'll have a whole house, condo, or lake cabin to enjoy your vacation. You'll likely find a Pinetop vacation rental right near your activities whether on the shore of a nearby lake or stream or in the mountains. You'll find amenities not found in a hotel including a full-sized kitchen. This will help to save you money because you can cook some of your meals and keep items on hand for when the kids get hungry. Breakfasts and lunches are easily made in the kitchen and each of the kids will have a separate room giving you and your spouse privacy. These Pinetop vacation rentals also have living rooms that often have DVDs and TVs for your use, so you can spend a night in watching a movie.

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