- Springerville Arizona is a small town and its really two towns that grew together, and are called by the local population, Round Valley. There are many historic location in and around the towns. The John Wayne Ranch is probably one of the most well known attractions. For those looking for religious history, the towns were settled by Mormon pioneers. Many of the residents are members of Church of Jesus Christ. Of Latter-Day Saints (know as Mormons). The Wilbank Ranch owned most of the property. in the area ( including the John Wayne Ranch). If you come into town from Show Low you will see a native American petroglyph on the large hill to the left of the road. It is about ten miles from Springerville. There are often herds of American antelope in the fields that border the road. Elk and deer can also be seen depending on the season. Do drive with caution if you are doing any night driving.
Residents are usually very helpful to visiters! The most noticeable feature that is visible upon entering town is the dome o High School auditorium. It was originally used for large church meetings in the early years of the Mormon Church( Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also called LDS Church).
Show Low Lake was built as means for Phelps-Dodge corparation to provide water for its mines. It is stocked with fish and has a nice camp ground. Bring a vehicle that can handle some rough roads. The pumps for the lake were installed before the dam was built in the early 1950s. Today the lake is still used to provide water for the mines, but the lake is now owned by the town of Show Low. You can buy a fishing license at the Walmart located at Show Low Lake Road and White Mountain Boulevard. Keep in mind that there is no fishing allowed on the docks which are shown along with the kinds of fish found in the lake. If you come to visit remember to follow all the laws especially fire safety laws. Check with the forest service to know of any fire danger warnings or red flag warning. A Red Flag Warning means no campfires out in the open. You can use a covered propane stove or burner. Never leave a campfire unattended, and always stir and re-water until there is no smoke or steam before you leave your campsite.
I’ like to talk about something important to keeping the White Mountains as true to form as possible. There are many historical landmarks in the White Mountains. The old Snowflake Academy building is being Renovated and the town library will be relocated there once the renovations are complete. The problem is that there isn’t a lot of money here in the White Mountains to complete the project. They are looking to raise 1.9 million dollars so they can start the renovations. if you would like to donate go to : http://snowflakeacademy.com . All donations will go directly to the renovations project. Tell anyone you think would help and spread the word
I have some very fond memories of El Rancho Mexican Restaurant. There was only one owner in the 1970s. Today there are two owners and four locations(Pinetop ,Snowflake, Holbrook, and Payson). The menus do vary according to location, but the prices are reasonable(about $10-$15 a person) a kids menu is also available. The sopapillas are not to be missed(that was a family favorite). If you are a vegetarian the bean burritos are a good choice. My personal favorite is the chimichangas with rice and beans(the beans and rice are usually an extra item) The Snowflake and the Holbrook locations have gift shops where you can purchase Authentic Native American jewelry, homemade items and even Incense. I know that the Snowflake location has recently installed new table and booths. They do accept reservations for larger parties of 20+, and they still take birthday pictures. So, whether you are new or a returning costumer there is something for everyone.
Welcome to our blog on the white mountains. We are just getting started,but we hope to have many exciting things on this site. If you know a place that you would like to be featured here please contact us with the details. We want to print stories about the white mountains, and give some historical information. Our main purpose is to promote tourism for the white mountains. We would like to have travel ideas as well as package deals . A calender of current events will also be displayed. When most people think of the White Mountains they think of Sunrise Ski Resort. The resort is open year round and has many packages to satisfy almost any budget. For those who are looking for a culinary adventure, or just looking for something new ask about a special deal with the chef’s table. The town of Greer is also nearby, this is a favorite spot for honeymooners. Come stay at the haunted inn.
Visit the Petrfied Forest and see the dinosaur bones. Read the article about the new lands that were purchased. There are many exciting new exhibits to see. The Painted Desert is nearby and a beautiful view for photos. There are several gift and craft shop where you can legally purchase petrified wood. You cannot take wood from the petrified forest, becase it it illegal to do so, and the park rangers are always on the lookout. Try stopping at Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Company, it provides a visiter’s guide to local attractions