Welcome to The Shores at Rainbow Lake in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

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The Shores at Rainbow Lake is a quiet, exclusive, private, gated residential community located on the eastern shore of the 110 acre Rainbow Lake in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona.  It is the most unique and beautiful community in the White Mountains, and the only community in Arizona with lakefront lots.
Our community has three boat docks that provide owners and their guests access to Rainbow Lake. The biggest motor allowed on the lake is 9.9 HP so there is no fast boating and the lake is quiet and peaceful.  Most homeowners with lake frontage have their own private docks with fishing or pontoon boats. There is a tennis & pickleball court and a basketball court available for the homeowners and their guests, and additional community recreational facilities are planned.
Common areas are well landscaped and well maintained. A beautiful feature is the dual waterfall on the west side of Rainbow View Drive about halfway into the community.  The community CC&Rs and Architectural Rules allow building of superior quality and consistency with our beautiful mountain environment. Much thought and care has gone into making sure that the natural beauty of our community will be protected.
The main entry to the Shores is located just south of the intersection of White Mountain Blvd and Neils Hansen Lane. There are 188 residential lots, sixty-one of which have lake frontage. 24 of the lots are in a section of the community called Rainbow Cove, a group of attached homes with its own private park area and dock.
This site is designed to provide homeowners easy access to community information, provide information for visitors, and to give those interested in moving to our community a good feel for what life in Arizona's White Mountains can be. 
About The White Mountains:
Situated in the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world, Pinetop-Lakeside offers visitors a cool alpine retreat in the heart of the White Mountains. Incorporated in 1984, the town of Pinetop-Lakeside sits at an elevation ranging from 6,700 to 7,200 feet. It is surrounded by the natural beauty of the White Mountains, the Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest, and the Fort Apache Reservation. Its year-round population of about 5,000 expands to more than 35,000 in the summer months, as the mountain opens to seasonal visitors.
Hiking, biking, skiing, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing are popular recreational activities; camping and picnic facilities are provided throughout the area, and the White Mountain Trail system provides over 180 miles of developed multi-use trails. There are over 40 lakes and hundreds of miles of streams for boaters and anglers to enjoy.
Founded in the early 1880’s by Mormon pioneers, Lakeside derived its name from the area’s lakes, while Pinetop was named for a saloon keeper who served the Fort Apache soldiers.  The two communities of Pinetop and Lakeside incorporated as one town in 1984.
Sunny skies and four classic seasons enhance a variety of activities. In winter, visitors can enjoy sledding or tobogganing, snowboarding, ice-fishing, and, of course, world-class downhill and cross-country skiing at the nearby Sunrise Park Resort.   Miles of groomed trails and first-rate facilities draw enthusiasts from around the world to a ski area with a 9,000 foot base elevation and 12,000 foot peaks.
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What's happening in the White Mountains
Click here for the Pinetop-Lakeside town government's What To Do webpage. Click here for the Pinetop-Lakeside Events Calendar.
Local Resources
Click here to find local utilities, contractors, and services.
Real Estate - properties available and recent sales
Click here for a list of lots and homes for sale in The Shores as of June 4, 2024. PLEASE NOTE:  If you are selling your property here, make sure your realtor knows to say it is in The Shores at Rainbow Lake development and to list it in the local MLS, otherwise it will not appear in our list.  Click here for a list of the houses and lots sold in the last 12 months. Properties for sale by owner or currently in escrow are not included.  Thanks to Lon Hoffman, a long-time Shores resident and realtor with Frank M Smith & Associates, for providing access to this information. 
Photo Gallery
Click here to view pictures of the Shores and the White Mountains
Rental Restriction CC&R Amendment
In the February, 2021, the owners of homes in The Shores at Rainbow Lake passed a CC&R amendment restricting short term rentals to a minimum of 30 days. The amendment took effect on January 1, 2022. In February, 2022, a group of 6 investors filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the amendment. There were 4 parts to the amendment. The plaintiffs won one part and the HOA won the other 3. An appeal was filed at the end of 2023. Oral arguments were presented to the AZ Appellate Court in March, 2024.  When the lawsuit is resolved, we will make an announcement.
Rules & Regulations
Click here to view or download The Shores Rules & Regulations, updated August, 2023
View or download public community documents
Click here go to the Shores community documents page
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