History of the Portals


Pine is named for the surrounding pine timber country and is part of what is commonly called "Rim Country."

Pine was settled in 1879 and the community's post office was founded in 1884.  At 5,400 feet, Pine perches 400 feet higher than Payson, which lies 13 miles to the south.  In early spring and late fall that's enough to turn Payson's drizzle into Pine's sleet.

The beautiful pine-clad country around Pine and Strawberry and the Blue Ridge Reservoir, Bear Canyon Lake and Knoll Lake offer many recreational opportunities and facilities.  Forest Service campgrounds in the 7,000-foot Mogollon Rim area are plentiful.  Fishermen enjoy the abundant trout streams, and elk, deer, javelina, bear and mountain lion are abundant.


Portal at Pine Creek Canyon
Portal at Pine Creek Canyon is located in Pine, Arizona, 90 miles northeast of Phoenix. It is a private, gated community at the base of the famous Mogollon Rim.

Portal I was originally subdivided and established in 1971.  In 1976, Portal II was recorded as a subdivision in Gila County.  The two subdivision associations were merged in September of 1980. There are a total of 255 lots and 219 property owners in the now-combined Portal I & Portal II area.

When our residents are not out hiking the adjacent Tonto National Forest, watching abundant wildlife, gazing at star-studded night skies, they are free to enjoy tennis and basketball on lighted courts.