The Pole Knoll Trails in the Apache-Sitgreaves national Forest near Greer double as cross-country ski routes in winter and hiking trails in summer and fall, when aspens shed mounds of golden foliage.
Getting There: From the intersection of State Routes 260/73 in Pinetop-Lakeside (near the Hon-Dah Casino), continue 25 miles east on SR 260 to the turnoff on the right just beyond milepost 383.
Length: 18 miles of interconnected loop trails
Kid Friendly: YES
Pet Friendly: NO
Elevation: 8,700-9,700 feet
Best Season: year-round
Facilities: restrooms, picnic ramadas
Photo credit Mare Czinar/PHOENIX