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The White Mountains

The recreational wonderland known as the White Mountains features one of the larger stands of ponderosa pine in the world. Further complementing that impressive attribute is 600 miles of streams, 40 sparkling clear lakes and nearly 200 miles in trails that can be actively used by outdoor enthusiasts. And Torreon is your gateway to it all!

There is nothing short of things to do in the White Mountains, regardless of the weather. Arizona’s largest ski area, Sunrise Park Resort – with 11,000 ft. Mt. Baldy – is a popular locale for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Hiking throughout the White Mountains can be a year-round experience as its trail system of 25 to 30 interconnecting, multi-use loops stretches from the eastern edge of the community of Vernon to the western town of Clay Springs. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also high on people’s "to do” list when they are in the White Mountains. Snowshoeing, ice fishing and horse-drawn sleigh rides are also preferred all-weather pursuits, as is one of the area’s most popular activities, mountain biking. With nearly 120 miles of uninterrupted trails, bikers can pedal for hours without ever seeing a car or a truck. It’s this kind of experience that draws world-class triathletes to the White Mountains to train for their next competition. With the high altitude coupled with the rugged terrain, high performance athletes demand the rigors of the land to propel them on to improved conditioning. Peaceful and serene mountain streams nestled quietly throughout the region lends itself to some of Arizona’s finest fishing outlets in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona State Parks and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Hunting and camping are very popular as well. For those less adventurous and just looking for shopping or sightseeing venues, antique stores are prevalent in the area as are historic pioneer homes and Native American artists and craftsmen. As the sun sets on the White Mountains and the nighttime skies radiate with a multitude of stars, excitement can heat up with big-name entertainment and casino gaming.

The White Mountains… For those who love the outdoors, it doesn’t get any better than this. And for those who want the total White Mountain lifestyle, it doesn’t get any better than Torreon.

How Show Low Got Its Name

It seems Marion Clark and Corydon E. Cooley, a noted Army scout during the Apache wars, were joint owners of a 100,000-acre ranch in 1875. Sometime later, they decided the place wasn’t big enough for the both of them. To settle who moved, they agreed to play a card game called Seven Up. As the legend goes, the partners played all night. On the last hand, Cooley needed just one point to win. Clark turned his cards over and said, “If you can show low – you win.” Cooley cut the deck, drew an unbeatable two of clubs and retorted, “Show low it is.” And that, as legend has it, was how the town was named.

Show Low, a great place to work and play:

  • Big Game – Elk, Deer, Antelope, Turkey, Bear, Mountain Lion, and Javelina
  • Small Game – Squirrel, Rabbit, Dove Pigeon, Quail
  • Fish – Trout, Pike, Bass, Catfish, Bullhead, Sunfish and Bluegill

You may even catch a glimpse of our Rare and Endangered Southern Bald Eagle, American Peregrine Falcon and Owl.

Local Neighbors

Check out these websites for dining, entertainment, and lodging information from our local neighbors of Pinetop, Lakeside, Vernon, Snowflake, Taylor, Heber, Spingerville-Eagar:


Show Low is located in the Northeastern part of the state in Navajo County at the intersection of US 260 (through Payson, AZ) and US 60 (through Globe, AZ), a short and scenic 2 1/2 hour drive from the Phoenix area.