Pine and Strawberry
The villages of Pine and Strawberry are nestled in the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world. Just below the Mogollon Rim, these communities are rapidly growing vacation and retirement centers in the north central part of the state. Pine is at an elevation of 5,448 feet and is named for the surrounding pine timber country. The community's post office was founded in 1884. Strawberry, at an elevation of 6,047 feet, was named for the wild strawberries that grow in the area. The communities are about 110 miles northeast of Phoenix. The area has four seasons, but none are severe; although snow falls in the winter, it usually melts quickly.
Sportsmen are attracted to the beautiful clean air and pine forests which are home to both small and big game. The seven rim lakes, numerous trout streams and the East Branch of the Verde River bring every kind of fisherman to the area. Fishing is excellent both on top of and under the rim. Camping is equally as good, with many fine sites in the Tonto and Coconino National Forests. The Highline Trails and Crook Trails entice many hikers and backpackers. Summertime celebrations include Cowboy Breakfasts, Schoolhouse Celebration, Strawberry Festival in June, Craft Shows, Ice Cream Social in July, special Fourth of July activites, Steak Fry, and in September, the Northern Gila County Fair and the Zucchini Festival.
Pine was settled in 1879 by Mormon pioneers. As they descended into the Pine Creek Valley, they realized this lush green landscape was to be their new home.
Today, Pine's shady streets and quaint shops lure travelers along Highway 87 for sightseeing and a restful stop before they make their way up the steep Mogollon Rim.
Three miles west of Pine, Strawberry boasts Arizona's oldest standing schoolhouse, now a state historical site. The building was constructed by pioneers in 1885 and is located about two miles off Highway 87 on Fossil Creek Road. Strawberry is known for its guest lodges and restaurants.
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