Things to Do in Alpine
When visiting or living in Alpine Forest Estates you can choose to enjoy activities such as boating, kayaking, fly & bait fishing, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching or just relax sitting on the shore of our lakes & streams or sitting in a chair on the porch. Visitors and residents enjoy a slower pace of life in the Alpine area & it’s a place to reflect and rejuvenate. We also have a winter season i which to enjoy the snow sports and experience the quiet after a snowfall. There are many activity choices as you can see below. Special tanks to the Alpine Area Chamber of Commerce for providing much of the information below. For more information on the exciting area of Alpine Arizona please visit www.alpinearizona.com
Information on 2010 summer road construction/repair affecting the Saffel Canyon OHV trail south of Eagar, please check website. See where to ride.
Big & Small Game Hunting
In Arizona we have a diversity of wildlife species. Big Game includes Bear, Bighorn Sheep, Deer, Elk, Mountain Lion, Pronghorn Antelope, & Turkey. Small Game includes Cottontail Rabbit, Tree Squirrel, Migrating Game Birds, & Quail. Predatory Fur-bearing Mammals include Coyote, Skunk, Fox, Bobcat, & Raccoon.
Our hills and elevation of 8,050 make cycling a challenge. Many cycling groups pass through our scenic and hilly country each year. Our roads are well maintained which enhances safety.
The Alpine area has a varied landscape – mountain meadows, streams, lakes, & forest, therefore our bird species, both resident and migrant, are very diverse.
Hit the slopes at Sunrise Ski Resort, it’s only about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Alpine.
Fly & Bait Fishing
In the Alpine area there are 5 trout fishing lakes, Big Lake, Luna Lake, Nelson Reservoir, Hulsey Lake (this lake was drained due to the 2011 Wallow Fire and there are plans to restore and improve fishing here) and Crescent Lake. There are also various fishing streams East Fork of the Black River (along FR 276), Little Colorado River, Greer, Sheep’s Crossing, Silver Creek, West Fork of the Black River Campground.
We have a high elevation golf course in Alpine set amidst the beauty of the National Forest. The Alpine Golf & Country Club offers both 9 and 18 holes.
Phone the Alpine Ranger District Office (Mon-Fri) (928) 339-5000 & ask about conditions and recommendations. Other Forest Roads are FR 403 (off of US Hwy 191 -South of Alpine & FR 56 towards Hulsey Lake.
Get acquainted with our beautiful wilderness and join the Summer Hiking Group led by John Peck. Meet up on Mondays (June-August) at 8:00am at the Alpine Community Center parking lot. Moderate level hiking.
Everyone’s favorite drive is along the Coronado Trail Scenic Byway – US Highway 191. Driving south from Alpine you gain in elevation until you reach Hannagan Meadow Lodge at 9100 feet.
Many popular trails allow horseback riding such as Escudilla National Recreation Trail & the East Baldy Trail.
Come and explore our unique shops for everything from a souvenir, warm Alpaca sweaters & socks, gifts, to a cast iron dutch oven for your camping or hunting adventure.
This activity is the favorite of all Alpine visitors and residents. Our forests, lakes, streams, and mountain meadows host a variety of wildlife.
Williams Valley Winter Sports Area is located six miles northwest of Alpine at an altitude of 8,700 feet.
Have you ridden the Coronado Trail lately? The 120 miles of US 191 between Clifton and Springerville rank in the top 10 scenic byways in the country; the 90 miles south of Alpine are probably in the top 3 for motorcyclists.
This is just a sampling of the numerous nearby outdoor recreational opportunities available to property owners at Alpine Forest Estates.
For more information, please click here for the Alpine chamber of commerce website.
A-1 Lake 24 acres. Elevation 8,900 ft. Twenty-two miles east of Pinetop off SR 260. This scenic lake is great for Rainbow and Brook trout. Open mid-May to mid-September.
Becker Lake 85 acres. Elevation 6,900 ft. Two miles northwest of Springerville, off US 60. The lake is known for large Rainbow and Brown trout. Open from the first Friday in April to November 30th.
Big Lake 400 acres. Elevation 9,000 ft. Nineteen miles southwest of Eager using SR 260 and SR 273 either approaching from the east near Eagar or the west near Sunrise Resort. It is stocked each spring and fall with more than 30,000 trout. Rainbow is the best yield with good catches of Brook and Cutthroat trout. Open May to November with snowmobile access in winter.
Bunch Reservoirs 44 acres. Elevation 8,200 ft. One mile north of Greer. Rainbow and Brown trout are the main catches. Early spring fishing is best, after the ice and snow thaws.
Concho Lake 60 acres. Elevation 6,300 ft. Ten miles west of St. Johns off SR 61. Use your favorite bait or lure for the Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brook trout here. Other fish species include Largemouth Bass and Sunfish.
Crescent Lake 130 acres. Elevation 8,900 ft. Forty-one miles southeast of Pinetop using SR 260 and SR 273. Known for its Brook and Rainbow trout.
Hawley Lake 300 acres. Elevation 8,200 ft. Take SR 260 east on SR 473. One of the highest lakes in the state, Hawley is located on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation and a daily fishing permit is required. Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown and Brook trout are all found here.
Horseshoe Cienega Lake 121 acres. Elevation 8,100 ft. Eighteen miles east of Pinetop off SR 260. The lake is visible from the highway. One of the most popular reservation fishing lakes it has given up the state record for Brown trout at 16 lbs.7oz. Stocked with large Rainbow-Apache hybrids, Rainbow, Browns, and Apache trout. Year round fishing. Open May to September.
Lee Valley Lake 45 acres.Elevation 9,400 ft. One-half mile west of SR 273, about halfway between Sunrise and Big Lake. The main attraction here is Arctic Grayling and Apache trout. Special regulations apply.
Luna Lake 120 acres. Elevation 7,900 ft. Three miles southeast of Alpine, off US 180. Rainbow, Cut-throat, and Brook trout fill up the nets here. Popular ice fishing. Year round Season.
Lyman Reservoir 1400 acres. Elevation 6,000 ft. Seventeen miles north of Springerville, off US 191. Anglers may come up with almost anything on their line at this large lake: Rainbow, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill and Sunfish, to name a few. Lyman Lake State Park is a real “family” place, lots of facilities for everyone!
Nelson Reservoir 100 acres. Elevation 7,400 ft. Five miles south of Nutrioso, off US 191. Easy access from the highway. Home to Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brook and Brown trout. Fishing access for people with disabilities. Open spring, summer and fall.
Rainbow Lake 80 acres. Elevation 6,800 ft. One block south of SR 260, using either Rainbow Lake Road or Lake View Road. Shore fishing off the north or west ends, popular for Rainbow and Brown trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Catfish and Bluegill. During the winter, Bald Eagles are common around the lake.
Reservation Lake 280 acres. Elevation 9,000 ft. Nineteen miles south of SR 260 using SR 273 and FS 116. Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout abound in this beautiful mountain lake. Open April to November.
River Reservoir 120 acres. Elevation 8,200 ft. One mile north of Greer, off FS 245. One of the three Greer lakes, has a lot of big Browns, also Rainbow trout.
Sunrise Lake 900 acres. Elevation 9,100 ft. Thirty miles east of Pinetop using SR 260 and SR 273. One of the largest and best trout lakes in the area with fish growing into the 15-20 inch range. Also boasts large Graylings.
Tonto Lake 82 acres. Elevation 7,800 ft. Thirty-three miles south-east of Fort Apache using Y70 and Y40 or access from Pacheta Lake using Y40. Fast-growing Rainbow and Apache trout. Check White Mountain Apache Game and Fish for special regulations.
Also in the vicinity are: Ackre Lake, Bills Lakes at Cedar Valley, Bog Tank, Bootleg, Chevelon Canyon, Christmas Tree, Cooley, Cyclone, Drift Fence, Earl Park, Fool Hollow, Fred’s Lakes, George’s Basin, The Greer Lakes (Bunch, River and Tunnel), Hulsey, Hurricane, Little Mormon Lakes, McNary Millponds, Meadow, Mexican Hay Lakes, Nash Tank, Pacheta Lake, Scott’s Reservoir, Show Low, Sierra Blanca Lakes, Shush Be Tou (The name is Apache for “Big Bear Lake.”), Shush Be Zahze (“Little Bear Lake.”), Tunnel Reservoir, Whipple, Willow Springs, Woodland and Woods Canyon Lakes.
Skiing Sunrise, Arizona’s premier skiing resort and a regional standout. 3 mountains, 7 lifts, over 60 trails. Lodge, restaurant, bar, rentals, repairs, instruction, more. This complex has it all, gets better every year and features the first, last and best snow in the state.
Wildlife The White Mountains region is a hunters; photographers’ and birdwatchers’ paradise! We won’t even attempt to list songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl – over 150 species are regular visitors.
Big Game Elk, Deer, Antelope, Turkey, Bear, Mountain Lion and Javelina.
Small Game Squirrel, Rabbit, Dove and Quail.
Predators and Furbearers Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Badger, Raccoon, Ringtail Cat and Beaver.
Rare and Endangered Southern Bald Eagle, American Peregrine Falcon and Owl.
Game Fish Trout, Pike, Bass, Catfish, Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill and Walleye.
Note First United Realty does not warrant the accuracy of this information.