20 Best Things to Do in Show Low, AZ

Show Low, AZ
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A picturesque city in Arizona, and the largest in the White Mountains with an interesting story behind every nook and corner including the name itself.

The unusual name is the result of a marathon poker game with inconclusive winners between Corydon E.Cooley and Marion Clark.

These individuals decided the city was too small for the two of them and engaged in a show of power.

With no winner in sight, Cooley challenged Clark to show low which is the deuce of clubs, the lowest possible card.

Clark subsequently succeeded by pure luck and famously (in a small town way) stated “show low it is” and never looked back.

Ideal camping sites, a quaint community with big-city facilities and all 4 seasons.

A comfortable spot for retirement, residence and vacation, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Show Low.

Show Low Museum

17 rooms featuring their own unique themes that appeal irrespective of your age.

Spend at least 2 to 3 hours taking in the 150-year-old history behind this city enveloped in nature.

The train room is a special highlight and the free admission more so.

A well-maintained space with constant updates of the exhibits and displays.

Functional facilities and well-written pieces ensure a full understanding of the surrounding land.

Suited to the needs of a large, fun group and the intimate want for some alone time, the museum is a landmark you cannot miss.

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
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When Thomas Jefferson Adair decided to farm in this area way back in 1885, the locals called him a fool for thinking it was viable land.

Keeping the Show Low naming traditions spirit alive, the name inevitably stuck.

The beautiful lake later took over the tiny town of Adair and became the happening picnic spot it is today.

A popular place for year-round picnics, hiking, camping, fishing, boating and Instagram storying.

Bicycles are available to rent for a scenic ride around the lake among other events that are regularly updated every month.

If you are lucky, you may even spot a mountain lion or two.

Black Horse Brewery

One of the many home owned small businesses to thrive is the Black Horse Brewery which is where you want to be if you aren't particularly feeling the outdoors.

Homemade brews and live music create an easy vibe to unwind and relax after a long day of taking in nature Show Low has to offer.

Daily specials and a kid-friendly menu make the locale a happening spot for families, friends and a special someone.

Enticing outdoor space is available to take in some home-brewed beer under the stars and soak up what this peaceful city has to offer.

Bison Golf Club

A scenic view of the majestic White Mountains surrounds you while you take your time through the course with 18 holes.

The semi-private setting meanders through tall pine trees and grand, lush green meadows.

The luxurious space comes with tutoring sessions and a bar and grill to replenish for a second round.

Since 1961, the club previously known as the Show Low Country Club has been offering its beautiful space for friendly tournaments and engaging spots to hang out at.

Burly Bear Gift Store

Aptly named, this quirky store offers a retail experience like no other.

Woodland and bear-themed souvenirs, home decor items and so much more cover the walls, top to bottom.

A rustic aesthetic runs through the store for you to bring back home.

A one-stop-shop for good quality, handmade products that shine against the unique backdrop that is Show Low.

The famous chainsaw bear carving is a crowd favorite and the unofficial mascot of the little city nestled in the White Mountains.

Often compared to a mini-museum, don't forget to take home a native gift, a perfect reminder of your time here.

Silver Creek Hatchery

Around 820 acres of vast land along the Silver Creek flowing northwest to the White Mountain reservoir is home to varieties of flora and fauna.

The scenery that belongs only in a storybook provides aquatic shelter specifically to trout making way for convenient angling opportunities for enthusiasts.

Full-time employees maintain the hatchery that has a vital role in sustaining trout in the region.

Catch and release fishing is practiced by and large and in true Show Low style, planned events are also available on the right days.

A pleasant walk and a therapeutic breath of fresh air is guaranteed even if you don't know the kinds of bait available.

Show Low City Park

Like most parts of the remaining city, the recreational park is well-maintained, clean and perfect for a number of activities.

A family barbecue, picnic dates, a friendly round of baseball or even a playground set to keep your little ones engaged.

The park has it all.

Open Meadows, 2 baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a dog-friendly zone, form a park that kick all other parks in the area out of the, well, park.

True blue American steaks.

Family-owned Mexican food and a Starbucks are right around the corner to keep you and your family going after a long day at the park.

In the truest sense of its meaning.

Bluff Trail

Yet another storybook setting with sparkling creeks and scenic walking trails.

The rustic charm and calm that's a prerequisite with the city is offered in bundles at the Bluff Trail.

Dirt trails and paved walkways lead you to a bridge with an excellent view of the Show Low Creek and breathtaking surroundings.

Light hiking and gentle inclines make for relaxed activity in the typical Show Low way.

Easy to navigate and conveniently placed signs come to the rescue of geographically challenged visitors.

Don't forget to pick up after yourself so the scenic route retains its natural beauty.

Leave no non-biodegradable trace of your walk in this looped hike for future visitors.

Juniper Ridge RV Resort

An RV camping site with well maintained and fully functional amenities complete with a swimming pool to cool down at.

Friendly Homeowners Association and fellow visitors make the stay truly memorable and make you feel like a part of an exclusive little community.

Pintail Lake

Certainly not the largest or most popular lake in the city, but it ensures a lot more quiet and fewer people for a true getaway.

Finish that book you've been meaning to get through or take some time for yourself away from the busy world.

It is the perfect serene spot for some real-time to yourself with only your thoughts and the occasional bird for company.

Easily accessible trails and an observation deck complete the escape from the rat race.

Leave your worries behind and take in mother nature in all its glory at this spot.

Books ‘N’ Treasures

Forgot to carry a book to the abundantly present reading spots across the quiet city?

Books ‘N’ Treasures will have you covered.

The quaint little second-hand store run by a local family, it is a part of the many small businesses that is responsible for the economic condition.

As tourists, visitors and residents, it's important to show our support locally.

Why not inculcate a reading habit while we’re at it?

Head to this cute little store that often has “Grab a Bag” opportunities and other events for a fun read to feel like a main character in this cottage core city.

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse and Lounge

Located in the Deuce of Clubs street in honor of the story behind the name Show Low itself, the busy kitchen offers some of the best food in these parts.

Prompt and friendly service, famous prime ribs and vegan options make sure there is something for everyone.

A favorite pit stop for a hot meal for those passing by the quiet city of Show Low.

The restaurant is kid-friendly and offers a lovely selection of wine rendering it a great spot for family, friends and intimate gatherings.

Options to book in advance for large groups are also possible.

A quick read through the menu itself is enough to make your mouth water.

Lazy Bear Decor

The newest addition to the shopping experience in Show Low, once again paying homage to the bear.

Lazy Bear offers home decor with a rustic twist.

A small store with big dreams and perfect additions to spruce up any lodge or cabin.

The mascot, Bernie the bear stands almost as tall as the store itself at the entrance.

Be sure to take a quick look around for some relaxed cabin holiday addition to your home.

The Hub

A single-stop destination for those who need something to shake up their easy-going, relaxed routine.

Guns, accessories, tactical training and a well-equipped shooting range all come together with this hip gun store, usually described as Arizona's best.

Ride a horse at Porter Mountain Stables

Did you think Show Low ran out of relaxing outdoor activities to indulge in?

Absolutely not, The city offers the unique experience of exploring horseback.

Don't worry if you're not familiar with the working behind this particular form of travel.

A trained expert will guide you through the lessons before you embark on a trail.

A fun bonding experience, let the calm rhythm of the hooves be the only sound you hear as you make your way through what can only be described as therapeutic.

PersNIKKIty’s Cafe and Bakery

Speaking of indulge, don't miss out on the delicious BBQ chipotle chicken and pineapple sandwiches PersNIKKIty has to offer.

A relaxed atmosphere with regular community-driven events brings the homely society together on a regular basis.

The staff and customers are friendly and will take you in as their own irrespective of your visiting frequency.

Poetry readings, live music and great coffee complement the easy-going old town theme Show Low has going for it.

The spot attracts youngsters looking for some coffee to get through their studies as well as older crowds looking for a fun event.

Gourmet salads and delicate pastries are some edible delights you will find at this warm, thoughtfully decorated café.

Pure Relaxation, the Sunshine Spa

The great outdoors that Show Low offers is filled to the brim with relaxation and peace.

But indoor facilities can offer the same.

The Sunshine Spa offers professional and experienced services and a wide range to choose from that can be customized to your needs.

Book an appointment to pamper yourself in the little spa this city has to offer.

A good masseuse can do wonders to relieve tension and rejuvenate your body.

Pedicures, facials and lash lifts is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to services offered at the medical spa.

Sunrise Ski Resort

Show Low city is lucky enough to be graced by all 4 seasons throughout the year, but winter is up for grabs all year around.

State-Of-The-Art snow guns come with the cozy Sunrise Ski resort to ensure a fun ski season, every season.

The resort has quite literally brought the big guns out, 10 of them to be precise, to combat the irregularities of mother nature.

Well-maintained equipment and trained professionals guide you through the motions in the scenic location nestled in between the Sunrise peak, Apache peak and Cyclone Circle.

Unity of the White Mountains

Peace is not only found in nature and spa visits but also in faith.

For those who believe in spiritual awakenings and a sacred way of life, Unity is a positive place to visit.

Rejuvenating hikes, prayers and a celebration of yourself is undertaken in this abode.

Other Things to Do Nearby

The Second Knoll Target Range

If you think the quiet of a golf course is too tame for your taste, try The Second Knoll.

Competition and training bays in 100 and 50 yards (ca.46 meters) each of 20 points make up the property.

A well maintained, clean, and most importantly, safe target range settled in the White Mountains.

All shootings are supervised and stringent safety measures come into play for an accident-free environment.

The view and friendly staff come together to create a memorable experience.

The perfect spot to blow off some steam in a usually quiet place the city is.