The White Mountains and Mogollon Rim areas offer the widest range of activities and sports that can be found in Arizona. National Parks such as the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Canyon de Chelley are easy driving distances away.
The land in and around around Concho is generally gently rolling hills to flat terrain. With so many days of good weather, it's a pleasure to bike or take evening strolls around the neighborhood. Spacious lots, excellent soil, clean water and over 300 days annually of sunny weather make gardening a favorite pastime.
The original 1800's settlers built a dam on Concho Creek and created Concho Lake as an irrigation reservoir. The Arizona Game & Fish Department maintains a camping/picnic area and stocks the lake annually with rainbow trout. The lake is open year round with few days of surface freeze.
As an irrigation reservoir, the water level can be low in the summer so canoes or kayaks are the preferred watercraft during that time. Early morning and sunset visits to the lake are the best time for viewing eagles, migrating bird flocks and other wildlife.
Concho hosts the White Mountains' original Memorial Day parade and picnic, a free fireworks display from Cinder Knoll each Labor Day, an annual Oktoberfest at the Lions Park and a Christmas Bazaar in December. In June and July, check with Red Rock Ranch & Farms for the tour schedule of their lavender farm and learn about the special lavendar that grows in this part of the world.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department maintains a "no fee" campground on Concho Lake. There are campsites large enough for RVs and small sites suitable for tent campers. (No water or dump facilities.) Most of the sites have shade and picnic tables for camping and day use. It's a perfect spot to stop and rest during your explorations of the Concho area.
The large diversity of habitats in the White Mountains and around Concho attract many species of birds making birdwatching a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Whether in your backyard, sitting by the lake or strolling the public lands, you will see bald eagles, falcons, migrating waterfowl, hummingbirds, song birds, and more types than can be mentioned on this site. The White Mountain Audubon Society's web page has more information about birding hotspots in the area.
Directly surrounding Concho are many areas of public use land which are open for hiking, horseback riding, rock hunting, or exploration by car or ATVs.
In the evening, the night skies are breathtaking. The Milky Way looks so thick it's like you could reach up and grab it. Due to the dry Arizona climate, nighttime insects are minimal so evenings are pleasant for barbequeing and outdoor parties.
Sports in the White Mountains
The White Mountain recreational area abounds in world-class hunting, fishing, and camping with trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and off-road vehicles. There are dozens of lakes and streams for fishing within a 60 mile radius offering trout, bass, catfish, walleye, and other game fish. (See Day Trips on this page). Many state records have been caught in the White Mountain and reservation lakes. Hunters come from all over the world for the great opportunities to hunt elk, deer, antelope, turkey, bear, moutain lion, and javalina.
There is also hunting available outside of the forested areas. Click here for hunting opportunities directly around Concho.
For those who prefer to chase a little white ball around fairways, there are 8 public & municipal golf courses located within a 45 minute drive of Concho.
Shopping, entertainment and lodging
Just 30-40 minutes away, the main business districts of Show Low and Lakeside/Pinetop offer movie theaters, fast food & fine dining, retail & grocery shopping, gift & crafts stores, art & music festivals, bowling, lakes, historical museums and parks.
Need a road trip? Load up the family in the car or ATVs and explore the hundreds of back roads that are just minutes away. Click on the link for Directions and Distances to see a listing of points of interest in the area.
For more informational web sites on White Mountain recreational activities, please click for Helpful Links.
In the winter, downhill skiing is available at Sunrise Ski Resort is about 90 minutes away and Snowbowl Ski Resort, outside of Flagstaff, which is a little over 2 hours away. Most of the national and reservation lands have areas for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
In the summer, water skiing is available on Lyman Lake just south of St. Johns.
The White Mountain Apache Tribe operates the Hon-Dah Resort & Casino outside of Pinetop with casino gaming, dining, live entertainment, lodging and a conference center. St. Johns has festivals such as San Juan Days, equestrian events, and the Apache County Fair. Show Low and Lakeside/Pinetop host various festivals, car shows and art exhibits.For overnight stays, there are two motels and an RV park located in St. Johns. In the Show Low - Lakeside/Pinetop area there are dozens of lodgings of all styles from motels, B&Bs, lakeside cabins, resorts and camping & RV parks.
If you like hummingbirds - click here for a video of hummingbirds in a Concho backyard.
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