Show Low and the surrounding White Mountain region is overflowing with recreational and cultural activities.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest beckons visitors to camp, hunt, fish, hike, ride mountain bikes, enjoy four-wheeling, horseback ride and view wildlife. The Arizona Republic newspaper named our area in its list of the top places to visit. It notes that the abundance of water that drains from the high mountains to form numerous lakes and peaks are what makes the area so special. It also refers to the Show Low area as “a fisherman’s paradise in the arid Southwest” and names the West Baldy Trail Loop as one of the Arizona Republic’s top 10 best trails. The Arizona Republic is the state’s leading newspaper.
The 54-acre Show Low City Park is comprised of tennis, racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts, ball fields, playground equipment, two pavilions and three ramadas for picnicking, as well as a leisurely walking trail. Adjacent to City Park is the Family Aquatic Center, a public facility equipped with a six-lane, 25-yard pool, a leisure pool with zero-depth entry, a waterslide and an indoor spa.
Show Low has eight golf courses within a 20-mile radius, including the master-planned communities of Torreon and Bison Golf and Country Club, Silver Creek Golf Club, Snowflake Municipal Golf Course, Pinetop Country Club, Pinetop Lakes Country Club, Concho Valley Country Club and White Mountain Country Club.
When spring comes to Show Low, the Show Low Main Street and Farmer’s Market & Art Walk opens on Saturdays in Downtown Show Low, and nature lovers begin to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the many trails and paths that surround the City. Ranked third in the nation by the American Hiking Association, the White Mountain Trail System is a series of 25 to 30 interconnecting, multi-use loop trails and connectors. Off-highway vehicle recreation opportunities expand each year. This year, the 50 mile “Maverick Trail” from Lakeside-Pinetop to Clay Springs was dedicated to off-road vehicles.
In early June, the Show Low Days festival welcomes our seasonal residents and thousands of visitors. About the same time, scores of athletes will come to Show Low for the annual Tri-In-The-Pines Triathlon. Another growing event is the Fourth of July Freedom Festival. The event features arts and crafts, food vendors, games, entertainment, a must-see parade and barbecue.
Located only 36 miles from Show Low, Sunrise Park Resort has 65 trails on three mountains for skiers and snowboarders of all levels of expertise. Additional opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sleigh rides also exist at the resort. Show Low largely benefits from winter tourists, as Sunrise Park Resort draws more than 200,000 annual winter visitors. And for the Christmas season, Show Low Shines with a citywide celebration and the annual Light Parade.
Throughout the year, Show Low enjoys a variety of art groups, venues and festivals for entertainment. The Arts Alliance of the White Mountains promotes the works of numerous local and regional artists. The White Mountain Symphony Orchestra performs a full season of classical and pops concerts. If you get a chance, one of the locals’ favorites is listening to the sounds of the White Mountain Big Band. For film fans, a modern movie complex with five theaters lies on the outskirts of our revitalized downtown and features first-run films. A new regional live theater group is producing plays at its “center theater” in the downtown area and Show Low High School offers a series of stage plays and musicals throughout the year.