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

The Shores at Rainbow Lake is a quiet, exclusive, private, gated residential community in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona.  It is the most unique and beautiful community in 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 can expand to 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, snow boarding, 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.
 
This site is designed to provide homeowners easy access to community information, provide information for renters, and to give those interested in moving to our community a good feel for what life in Arizona's White Mountains can be. 
Announcements
New mailboxes!
Posted on Oct 14th, 2021
The board has voted to add more clusters of mailboxes. The lead time for the mailboxes is about 8 weeks so we are looking at sometime in December for them to be installed and ready to use. They will be installed adjacent to the existing mailboxes.

Costs have gone up since 2019, especially recently, for both steel and shipping. The new price per box is $165. Please send your check for $165 to The Shores at Rainbow Lake, 4756 Buck Springs Road, Pinetop, AZ 85935 and include your street address so we make sure we give the post office accurate information.

Once you purchase your mailbox, it becomes part of your property in The Shores. It cannot to transferred to a different address but will go with your property if you sell it.

If you have a lot without an assigned street address, reply to this email and we will assist you with establishing your street address with Navajo County and the US Postal Service.
Proposed dues increase
Posted on Oct 14th, 2021
The board voted unanimously to request a 20% increase in homeowner dues to build our reserves.  At this time we are drastically underfunded. We need this increase to be able to maintain our roads, gates, fences, and common areas. 

As of today we have received 93 of the 113 ballots required to meet the quorum requirement for this type of vote. Regardless of whether you intend to vote for or against, please cast your ballot!  If you have misplaced your ballot, you can download the ballot and cover letter by clicking here.
Curbside Yard Debris Pick Up
Posted on Aug 18th, 2021
Most of you know that we are using curbside yard debris pick up instead of the 40 cu. yd. dumpster we have used in recent years. The schedule is every Monday during May and June, then the first Monday of each month from July through October. This is for bagged pine needles, leaves, and other fine yard debris, not household waste or stumps and branches. 
Short term rental CC&R amendment passes
Posted on Feb 26th, 2021
On Friday, February 26th, 2021, a CC&R amendment restricting rentals to a minimum of 30 days passed, and was signed and notarized. It becomes effective on January 1, 2022, allowing owners who rent their properties to honor rental commitments they have made during the succeeding 10 months. The process was long and, at times, contentious, but the community has made a decision. The board of directors hopes that everyone honors the decision and the community returns to the peaceful, friendly, private oasis we all want it to be.
Rental Restriction CC&R Amendment
In December, 2020, after reviewing the results of a straw poll showing support for a rental restriction amendment by 77% of those who voted, The Shores board of directors voted to mail a cover letter, proposed CC&R amendment, and a letter of consent form to all Shores homeowners. They were mailed on December 22nd.  The amendment passed on February 26th, 2021 and was recorded on March 3rd, 2021.  Click here to view or download the recorded document.
Rules & Regulations
Click here to download The Shores Rules & Regulations
Rental Notification Form
Landlords are required to complete and submit a Rental Notification Form for each time their house is rented. Click here to download the form.
View or download public community documents
Click here go to the Shores community documents page
Real Estate - properties available and recent sales
Click here for a list of lots and homes for sale in The Shores as of October 19, 2021. 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 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.
What's happening in the White Mountains
Click here for the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce's White Mountain events calendar.
Photo Gallery
Click here to view pictures of the Shores and the White Mountains
Dining, shopping, lodging nearby
Click here to view the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce "What & Where" website page.
Local Resources
Click here to go to the Local Resources page.
Suggestion box
If you have any suggestions for new content or functionality of The Shores new website, please send Rick Whipple an e-mail by clicking here.