- This region, unlike the predominant desert landscape of Arizona, is covered by ponderosa pine trees, blue lakes disturbed only by leaping fish, and aspens shimmering in the wind. Ranging all the way up to 11,000 foot high Mount Baldy in the White Mountains and with its amazing geographic features, the High Country offers numerous recreation attractions. The High Country features natural attractions such as the White Mountains and the Mogollon Rim. It includes large areas of public lands in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Tonto National Forest, Lyman Lake State Park and Fool Hollow Lake State Parks.
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Racoon Campground, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Recreation - Popular recreation activities include boating, rafting, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, camping, downhill skiing cross-country skiing and sightseeing.
Climate - Climate in the Arizona High Country varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations generally receive much more precipitation and much cooler temperatures than the lower elevations. Summers in this region bring warm daytime temperatures with cool nights. Lower elevations often experience quite hot summer temperatures. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer. The late autumn, winter and early spring months bring snow and sometimes very cold temperatures to the high elevations but frequent clear, sunny days. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations; a good time to experience these normally snow free areas.
Arizona High Country, is located in east-central Arizona, from Payson east to the New Mexico border. It includes the towns of Springerville, Whiteriver and Heber. Major roads accessing this area include US Highways 180/191 and US 60, as well as State Highways 260 and 77.