Alternatively, you can head out to the X Diamond Ranch (tel. 928/333-2286; www.xdiamondranch.com), off Ariz. 260 between Eagar and Greer (take C.R. 4124). The ranch maintains a section of the Little Colorado River as a fly-fishing stream. The half-day fishing rate is $35, while a full day costs $45. Horseback rides are also available, with options ranging from 1 hour ($25) to a full day ($150).
For a chance to see pronghorn antelope, elk, and mule deer, head south of Eagar to the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area. This grassy valley at the foot of the White Mountains was once a cattle ranch, and today the old ranch house serves as a visitor center that's open daily from 8am to 5pm between mid-May and mid-October. Several miles of hiking trails wind through forest and pasture and past lakes and ponds. There's good bird-watching here, too. Sipe is 5 miles down a gravel road that begins 2 miles south of Eagar off U.S. 180/191. For more information, contact the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Pinetop Regional Office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop (tel. 928/367-4281; www.gf.state.az.us).