Jun 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Visit Arizona Small Towns

So Seniors, can you name the state where these lovely areas are located? Yes, Arizona it is.


Senior visitors to Snowflake’s historic homes and tree-lined streets are captivated by its hometown charm and inspiring location. Less than twenty-five miles to the south, the White Mountains’ conifer wilderness climbs to 7000+ feet; thirty miles to the north, on Old Route 66 / I-40, the expanses of the Painted Desert, Navajo Nation and the Petrified Forest National Park offer a rare natural beauty. Snowflake was named by early Mormon leaders, Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake. Their dramatic saga remains a strong part of Snowflake’s identity. Contrary to the name Snowflake, its geographic location is spared harsh winters, and summer months bring cool breezes that rarely let the temperature rise to the record heat Arizona is known for.

Show Low

Show Low received its name when C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark decided there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement. The two men agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to move on and out. According to the story, Clark said, “If you can show low, you win.” Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, “Show low it is.” Established in 1870, incorporated in 1953 and located at an elevation of 6,412 feet, Show Low sits in the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the United States. It is 175 miles northeast of Phoenix and 195 miles north of Tucson. Show Low offers panoramic views, good fishing in mountain lakes and streams, and miles of wilderness for hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding and downhill and cross-country skiing. It also features unique shops and fine, as well as casual, dining at many restaurants. The City also provides a broad range of Recreational Facilities. The population is just over 11,000 happy campers.


Greer, a town located near the towns of Springerville and Eagar in Northeast Arizona, is near the New Mexico border. Its position in the valley of the Little Colorado River near various lakes means that temperatures are significantly milder than surrounding areas. Sunrise Park Resort, a skiing resort, is located about half an hour’s drive west. While Greer is over a four hour drive from Phoenix and a five hour drive from Tucson, it remains one of the most popular summer vacation destinations for seniors in Arizona, and is consistently 20-30 degrees cooler than the deserts. Nestled in the forest of Northeastern Arizona’s White Mountains, Greer is adjacent to millions of acres of national forest land and wilderness area.  Whether it’s a luxury Bed & Breakfast getaway you desire, or a base camp cabin in the woods for your weekend expeditions, this place has it all.


Pinetop, in northern arizona, is located at about 7200 feet in a forested area of the White Mountains.  Popular destination for outdoor activities are found in Pinetop located in Navajo County.  According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the town is 4,156. It was founded in 1984 when the neighboring towns of Pinetop and Lakeside merged. Pinetop–Lakeside is a popular summer resort and second-home area for Arizona senior residents. In 2002, a large forest fire, the Rodeo-Chediski fire, threatened the town and forced an evacuation. The town is near extensive forests, and in normal times is a popular recreational area.

While you are searching for these “finds”, check out several of these other super sites for seniors to visit in Arizona. Enjoy the woods, the animals, the fresh scents, the cool lakes, the fresh air and of course the Arizona desert. jeb

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