If you retire to Pinetop-Lakeside, you will be in the center of recreational opportunities that exist in the White Mountains of Arizona.
Over 65 lakes and streams are available for some of Arizona's finest fishing...flyfishing I might add. The Apache trout, with a beautiful golden color, is found only in this region of Arizona.
Pinetop-Lakeside is a very popular place for Phoenix area residents to escape the summer heat. The record high for this area is an even 100 degrees... In August in Phoenix it can be 100 by 9 o'clock in the morning.
Located 10 miles from Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside has an elevation of 7200 feet, surrounded by forests of the White mountains and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
Founded by Mormon settlers in the 1880s, the Pinetop-Lakeside community Incorporated in 1984. The site of old Fort Apache is a few miles south of Pinetop-Lakeside in the Fort Apache Indian Reservation home to 15,000 White Mountain Apache Indians.
Fort Apache was commissioned to be rather harsh with the local Apache tribe... The original commander of Fort Apache found this particular tribe to be very hospitable and they provided many of the Apache scouts that were crucial in making Arizona safe for settlers...Fort Apache was decommissioned in 1924.
If you are a hardy soul and want to keep your snowblower, retiring to Pinetop-Lakeside, might make some sense. For my money, I would look at Pinetop Lakeside as a place for a second house...perhaps a cabin in the woods.
Whatever you decide you will never cease to be amazed at the beauty of the forests of the White Mountains. My fly rod is starting to twitch in the garage.