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. 
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, 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 to a ski area with a 9,000 foot base elevation and 12,000 foot peaks.
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. 
News & Announcements
New online Rental Notification Form
Posted on Dec 1st, 2023
We have added an online form to make it easier for owners who rent their properties to submit the Rental Notification Form. Click here to open the form. You must be a registered user to view and submit the form. Once you have submitted the form it will be emailed to our property manager.
New Pinetop-Lakeside ordinance regarding short terms rentals
Posted on Oct 26th, 2023
In accordance with Arizona law, the town of Pinetop-Lakeside has passed an ordinance regarding Short Term Rentals. All owners who rent for less than 30 days at a time are required to comply. The deadline is November 15th, 2023. Click here to view the ordinance. Click here to visit the Pinetop-Lakeside town website page explaining the new ordinance.
Posted on Feb 1st, 2023
The Shores has been approved as a Firewise community. Click here to download a copy of our Firewise certificate to send to your insurance agent. More information about Firewise benefits can be found on the Firewise USA website.
How to make a tax-deductible donation for Rainbow Lake
Posted on Dec 16th, 2022
Our Lake Committee is putting together a fundraising campaign for the care of Rainbow Lake.  Click here to read a letter that tells you how to contribute.
Real Estate - properties available and recent sales
Click here for a list of lots and homes for sale in The Shores as of November 28, 2023. 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.
Local Resources
Click here to go to the Local Resources page.
Rules & Regulations
Click here to view or download The Shores Rules & Regulations, updated August, 2023
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
Local Resources
Click here to find local services
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, a group of 6 investors filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the amendment. When the lawsuit is resolved, we will make an announcement.
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.
Suggestion box
If you have any suggestions for new content or functionality of The Shores at Rainbow Lake website, please send the board of directors an e-mail by clicking here.