Many desert dwellers seek cool temperatures during the heat of the Arizona summer, and Greer is one popular destination. Temperatures generally stay in the 80s (Fahrenheit) from June through September. The Mogollan Rim is within easy reach, as are the ruins of ancient habitation. Fishing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and simply enjoying the 8,500-foot elevation and forested scenery in Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and the White Mountain Apache reservation keep visitors busy. For a taste of history, visit the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center. It seldom rains in Arizona, and this area is no exception. The wettest month is August; the driest is June.
Rolfe C Hoyer Campground
TripleBlaze lists Rolfe C Hoyer Campground among its Top 100 Arizona Campgrounds, significant in a state with many places to camp. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and staffed by on-site camp hosts, it offers ranger programs and boating, among other activities. Visitors from other states and countries, as well as Arizonans, are drawn to the cool weather and abundant fishing during the summer high season, mid-May to the end of October. The campground received upgrades in 2009 as part of the U.S. economic stimulus program.
For something more out of the way, try other nearby USFS Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest campgrounds. Winn has 63 campsites, no electricity and vault toilets. Rainbow has 152 sites, water and showers, a nearby lake and a convenience store. Benny Creek has 24 campsites, water and vault toilets. The contact information for Hoyer campground also applies.
Rolfe C Hoyer Campground
P.O. Box 640
Springerville, Arizona 85938
Sunrise RV Park
Sunrise Park Resort, a ski area in winter and a year-round recreation area, is operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Enjoy the mountain by foot or bicycle during summer months and on skis during the winter. Try your luck at trout fishing. The resort has dining facilities and a general store. Restaurants and shopping in nearby towns augment what is located within walking distance. A select 20 RV sites may be rented all year. Permits for outdoor activities are available from the White Mountain Apache Tribe at the General Store.
Sunrise Park Resort
P.O. Box 117
Greer, Arizona 85927
(800) 772-7669 (extension 2180)
At the Sunrise Park Resort entrance is a large primitive campground among shady conifers. Tent and self-contained RV campers are drawn here year after year by the beauty and outdoor activities in the area. The White Mountain Apache Game and Fish Department operates and maintains the Sunrise Campground. Camping permits are conveniently available at the General Store, and all the activities available to Sunset RV Park campers are available to people staying at Sunrise Campground.
Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Division Office
100 W Fatco Rd
P.O. Box 220
Whiteriver, Arizona 85941