Cool off in Greer

Get away to peace, quiet, and summer fun in eastern Arizona

Nora Burba Trulsson

Several good hikes start right in the village. One, West Fork Trail #94, is dense with raspberries and wild roses and passes tranquil Badger Pond. While hiking part of the moderate 7-mile trail, we noticed that summer thunderstorms had produced a bumper crop of mushrooms. An easier trek from town is on Butler Canyon Trail #98, a 1-mile loop.

Fly-fishing is Greer's other popular preoccupation; several outfitters offer lessons and guided trips. At the town's edge, there's good fishing on one of the reservoirs along the Little Colorado River, where you'll get nibbles from rainbow, brown, or native Apache trout.

When you're ready to eat fish rather than chase them, Greer restaurants serve trout almondine, along with steak and ribs, as main offerings. Interspersed with restaurants along Main Street are antiques shops and boutiques.

Surprisingly, Greer does have something of a nightlife. Live music at Molly Butler Lodge, a popular restaurant and bar, encourages dancing, though our stamina was tempered by the 8,500-foot elevation and a day of hiking.

Back at our inn, we sat on a wooden glider and stared up at the brilliant night sky, so easy to see from this part of the world. After a day of hiking, fishing, and dancing, we were doing nothing in Greer ― and loving it.

Mountain escape 
Greer is about 200 miles northeast of Phoenix; visit for more information. For details on camping and hiking, visit

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