It’s always enjoyable to take a trip to Show Low and explore the town’s history, wildlife, lakes, hiking trails and fishing spots. Legend has it that the name Show Low comes from a high-stakes poker game in which the players decided their fate with the phrase, “if you show low, you win.” The main street through town is dubbed Deuce of Clubs in honor of that low card.
Show Low really comes alive during family-friendly summer events and farmers markets. First there’s June’s annual Show Low Days, featuring a Derby Down the Deuce race in which people build their own cars, a huge arts and craft festival, wiener dog race, itty bitty Olympics and live entertainment throughout the day and evening.
Patriotism reigns during the July 4th weekend, with one of the state’s biggest parades, an art show, farmers market by day, and fireworks by night. Moving into fall, September marks the Battle of the Bands and Vans where guests get to judge amazing culinary and musical participants.
Then in October, the Show Low Film Festival brings Hollywood to the White Mountains. The film festival is held the third weekend in October at the WME Village 8 theaters. Later that month the city hosts a lively Trunk or Treat event perfect for locals and tourists to enjoy.
The year wraps up with Santa on the Shoppes on Candy Cane Lane. This charming event features Santa Claus, holiday gift items for sale, food, delightful treats and festive holiday music.
We’ve listed a few spots below to stop by during your visit. Be sure to start with Torreon Golf Club, a beautiful area surrounded by natural beauty and thoughtful amenities.
MUSEUMS AND HISTORICAL SPOTS
- Show Low Museum
The museum has 18 display rooms of quirky stuff from locals, including quilts, military memorabilia, blacksmithing tools and barbershop equipment. Don’t miss the train display room, home of the Silver Creek RR Club.
Location: 561 E. Deuce of Clubs
- Show Low Statue: How Show Low Got its Name
Just to the north of the LDS church is a quiet, peaceful park with a sculpture of the two ranchers who played the famous card game at which the town and the street were named. It’s a fun history lesson, with parking for just a few cars.
Location: Fiesta Marketplace, 1031 E. Deuce of Clubs
- Fool Hollow Lake
Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a popular place. Fool Hollow’s campsites and fishing cleaning stations are pristine, and other facilities -- hot showers with toilet rooms, ramadas, piers, are always in the best of condition. Fool Hollow has some of the best fishing in the state. It’s also home to herons, bobcats, beavers, mountain lions and raptors.
Location: Two miles north of US 60 off Highway 260 in Show Low.
- Show Low City Park
This is a beautiful park featuring tree identification scattered around the park, plus several playgrounds and fields. It’s a unique workout park that is also wheelchair accessible, plus frisbee golf.
Location: 751 S. Clark Rd, Show Low
- Pintail Lake/Allen Severson Wildlife Area
This wetland known as the Allen Severson Wildlife Area was created by wastewater management using treated affluent water. The marshes help treat and purify the water, attracting birds and wildlife to a scenic landscape. A well-graded gravel road leads in about a half mile to a parking area. Admission is free. A wide, level paved trail leads to a viewing deck and a blind where one can watch the waterfowl. There isn't a lot of shade, so plan accordingly.
Location: East side of AZ77/Penrod Road about 3.5 miles north of Deuce of Clubs.
- White Mountain Books
Buy, sell or trade books at White Mountain Books. It’s a local favorite, with books galore, plus Sweet Soul Honey sticks, candles and lip balm.
Location: 1150 E Deuce of Clubs Suite H, Show Low
- The Burly Bear
The Burly Bear sells quality souvenirs with an emphasis on bears. Specializes in rustic home décor including chainsaw art sculptures, kitchen décor, bathroom décor, and much more. They also offer items online.
Location: 1545 S Adair Dr. Pinetop
- Torreon Grille
Open to the public and overlooking the serene golf course, Torreon Grille offers amazing food and views. A top-rated Arizona restaurant, it hosts weddings, seasonal burger night on Wednesdays and is the perfect stop after adventures in Show Low. Try the Turkey Crunch Wrap with toasted pecans, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad, Sesame Crusted Salmon entrée or their popular Mayan or Atlantis burgers. Patio seating is reserved for members, reservations are recommended 928-532-8000.
Location: 651 S. Torreon Loop, Show Low, AZ
- Buffalo Bill's Tavern & Grill
Famous for buffalo burgers and authentic western memorabilia. Enjoy fresh-made pizzas, sandwiches, salads and chicken wings.
Location: 400 N. Clark Rd., Show Low, about 2 miles from Torreon.
- The House
Known for its craft burgers and gourmet ingredients, visitors can enjoy corn-hole, fire-pits, and live music in the restaurant’s backyard.
Location: 1191 E Hall, Show Low, about 5 miles from Torreon.
- Bertie’s White Mountain Café & Donuts
A Show Low staple, you may be lucky enough to run into one of Show Low’s long-time residents or a local cowboy. Bertie’s friendly crew serves delicious donuts, breakfast (including a popular veggie omelet and French toast) and brunch starting at 7 a.m. For a special tourist treat, take a seat at the adjacent bar on Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday’s saddle bar stool.
Location: 1191 E. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ
- PersNIKKITy’s Café & Bakery
Vegetarian friendly with Vegan and Gluten Free options, this Show Low treasure offers delectable bakery sweets and treats including to-die-for snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookies. Their all-day Twisted Brunch and Lunch favorites include Avocado Toast, Tackle Box burrito, Sweet Chili Veggie Wrap and the BBQ Chicken Wrap with slaw and parmesan fries.
Location: 1650 E. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ
Fitness Centers, Target Ranges and Other Sports
Torreon: Joining Torreon as a member gives you unlimited access to the 36 holes of golf as well as our practice and jr. golf courses, pool, fitness, and family facilities. Residents can catch up on their fitness with a visit to the Torreon Fitness Center which offers the latest fitness equipment and it’s a cool way to visit with other residents in the community.
- Second Knoll Target Range
The Second Knoll Target Range is an Arizona Game & Fish Range located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountains of Arizona. Features a 20-point 100 yd. range, a 20-point 50 yd. range, and four 20 yd. X 25 yd. competition/training bays. Range hours are 9am - 5pm during the summer and 10am - 4pm during the winter.
Location: A half mile off of the 60 at the end of Forest Service Road 206.
- White Mountain Sports and Events Center
Sports Facility Advisory is currently working with the city of Show Low to develop funding and operational partners to ensure the long-term success of a planned Indoor Sports Complex facility. More information on local sports can be found here: https://www.wmicentral.com/sports/local_sports/.
Plan a trip to Show Low today to enjoy time in the tall pines with a score of pleasurable places to visit.
Located just three hours from Phoenix in Show Low, Ariz., Torreon is a luxury golfing community nestled in the White Mountains. It offers convenience, world-class recreation, and amenities for the entire family. Offering everything from a sprawling outdoor pool, expansive fitness center to award-winning food at Torreon Grille as well as a family and game center, fishing pond and endless trails throughout the community, every member or guest is sure to enjoy time at Torreon. Learn more at https://torreon.com/
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