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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.