It's Snowing in the White Mountains—Bring the Kids, it's Time to Play
Between Greer and Pinetop-Lakeside is the year-round Sunrise Park Resort, owned and operated by the White Mountains Apache Tribe. Draped across Sunrise Peak, Cyclone Circle, and Apache Peak you can enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding often called the best in Arizona.
Isn’t it time to play in the snow?
Pack up the skis, sleds, boards, and kids. Call the dog! Head on up to pet-friendly Acorn Lodge—just minutes from Sunrise Ski Park
Nestled in the White Mountain region’s ponderosa pine forest, Acorn Lodge is more than just a home away from home. Here you will wake to the serenity of the surrounding snow-covered, hushed forest as you sit bundled up on our wrap-around deck to watch the sunrise. Too cold outside? Then toast your toes in front of a roaring fire in the lush comfort of two greatrooms.
Acorn Lodge is secluded, yet less than a mile from Greer, which makes meals at Molly Butler Lodge or Rendezvous Diner the perfect compliment to any day. Better yet, put on the soup in our fully outfitted kitchen.
Just minutes from Sunrise Ski Park, you won’t spend the whole day driving—or sitting in traffic. Come find nature…it’s just outside.
Tubing & Sledding
If you were ever a kid—or still are one—you know the sheer joy of sliding down a hill at break-neck speeds on your sled or inner tube, squealing or screaming depending upon the ride. The White Mountains is covered with mini hills perfectly suited for a day with the little ones in the snow and something smooth under their butt. Follow just about any trail in any direction and you’re likely to stumble upon (or tumble down) a fresh-packed mound of white, fluffy flakes in need of sled marks.
Fans of the Maverick Trail in the summer won’t recognize the place with its covered in snow pack and tracks from the steady stream of winter visitors. On board your snow machine, duck under low-hanging branches, heavy with new snow and leave your temporary mark in the pristine whiteness.
Snow Shoeing & Cross-Country Skiing
Ski for a day or pack in a tent and provisions for trailside camping. If you’re up for the challenge, head to the backcountry and ascend the slopes of Escudilla, the third highest mountain in Arizona, or go for the solitude of the Bear Wallow Wilderness. No matter which path you choose, you will be kept company by the looming pines and wildlife that make their home within.
Whether your favorite pastime is hiking, biking, fishing, camping, boating, or bird and wildlife watching, you will not lack for something to do and a place to do it. Greer is the destination for your vacation, a second home, or to become a local—at 8,500 feet above sea level, you will delight in all four seasons, each with a special lure of the outdoors.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest surrounding Greer and the Acorn Lodge encompasses the world’s largest stand of ponderosa pines, making it the ideal escape for the uncomfortable temperatures often found in Arizona’s lower elevations.
Without the glare of city lights, stargazing is at its finest and campers often prefer the open air so they can transport themselves the dark sky and constellations within.
Horseback riders, cross-country skiers, hikers, and bikers share the tails wending through a forested home to lakes, streams, and wildlife of more than 400 varieties common to Arizona’s White Mountains.