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Parks and Recreation

Show Low is at the center of spectacular scenery and unique places to go, thanks in large part to the beautiful forest that surrounds the City. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is a 2.63 million-acre U.S. National Forest, which runs along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains and extends into New Mexico. The forest has more than 400 species of wildlife and more than 40 lakes and streams in Show Low’s immediate area that allow for various recreational opportunities.

The Mogollon Rim, a geological fault line that extends approximately 200 miles through central Arizona, runs along the southern border of Show Low. Many people travel along the Rim, camping near the cliffs and taking in the magnificent vantage point overlooking central Arizona. Locals enjoy the Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail located a mile south of the Show Low city limits.

Show Low’s vibrant downtown and business districts are highly visible indicators of our community spirit and a visual image of our heritage and community pride. During 2010, three major developments will take place downtown: 1) an extensive streetscaping project; 2) the addition of a larger and more modern library and conference rooms; and 3) Show Low’s City Hall will relocate to the present library building.

Approximately 300 people each day read and relax in our public library. The children’s room has books, videos, audio/cassettes, exhibits, story hour and other fun activities. Through computer technology, shared resources and innovative programming, the library provides comprehensive services for all. Located on the library property are shaded grass areas for relaxing and the City’s military veteran’s memorial for remembering.

The Show Low Historical Society Museum is comprised of 15 rooms of exhibits, which highlight and preserve the community’s early history. The museum features a re-created 19th century kitchen, authentic tools from an original blacksmith shop, a large private Native American artifacts collection, a room dedicated to the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski fire and many more exhibits and materials from the area’s rich heritage.

Don’t miss a visit to one of the two large lake recreation areas located adjacent to the City. The Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area is an 850-acre state park featuring a 149-acre lake great for boating and fishing, as well as an amphitheater, play area and sites for camping. Managed by the City of Show Low, the 100-acre Show Low Lake Park is also a popular site for camping, picnicking, boating and fishing.

Situated a mere 2.5 miles north of Show Low on State Route 77, the Severnson Wildlife Trail consists of an environmental area and the Pintail Lake Wildlife Viewing Area, which provides an outdoor classroom. In the planning stages is the Show Low Creek Trail. The trail is aimed at linking all areas of the Show Low community, from local businesses to neighborhoods and schools, to the Fool Hollow State Recreation Area and the Pintail Lake Wildlife Area.

Another popular site for visitors is the Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center in nearby Pinetop. The award-winning casino houses slot machines, Blackjack tables, a Poker room, as well as a children’s arcade area and a full-service restaurant and lounge, which offers live entertainment six nights a week. A host of events and festivals are located on the casino grounds, including outdoor concerts and the “Pow Wow in the Pines.”

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