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Arizonas White Mountains 2011-2012 : Page 20

Where the elevation is 8,500 feet, the temperatures are usually from 5 to 10 degrees cooler than at the 7,000 foot level. The real high country (8,500 to 9,500 feet) takes in Big and Crescent Lakes, Greer, Nutriosa and Alpine, Hannagan Mead-ows, and the Sunrise Park Resort with its Sunrise Lake, and the Sunrise Ski slopes. While there are a variety of outdoor activities to participate in, this area is also the perfect environment for rest and relax-ation. There are plenty of good res tau rants to choose from as well as dance spots, if you’re in the mood for it. If you like to stay indoors, you can browse through one of the many antique shops or one of the art galleries featuring all kinds of Southwest-ern and Native American art. The White Mountains is also rich in cultural history. Origi-nally settled by the Apaches, it was later inhabitated by early pi-oneers and cowboys. To explore its history in more depth, check out the ancient pueblo ruins of Kinishba or Coronado’s fruitless search for the fabled seven cities of gold along Coronado Trail. Some interesting events in this area include the All-Indian rodeos and tribal ceremonies put on by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. The 1.6 million acre White Mountain Apache Reservation is a recreation spot all to itself. The Apaches have developed nu-merous campgrounds for visitors, and their 26 lakes are excel-lent sources for trout fishing. The town of Hon Dah on the Reservation is the site of a gaming casino, motel, cabins and RV spaces. All of the towns in the White Mountain area have their own unique features and attractions. The resort town of Pinetop-Lakeside is a prime spot for golf. It offers several exceptional courses surrounded by dense forests of ponderosa pine. At an el-evation of 7,000 feet, the balls fly through the thin air giving some golfers their career long drives. The cool summertime weather is a big draw for many Phoenix and Tucson players. In addition to a number of cabins, hotels and restaurants, Pinetop-Lakeside is the site of several major annual festivals including The White Mountain Native American Art Festival, the annual continued on page 44 Archery lesson Festival fun Fishing on horseback Rafting on the Salt River 20 ARIZONA’S WHITE MOUNTAINS 2011

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