|Some of the most spectacular scenery in the southwest awaits the forest visitor on the two million acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, administered as one national forest, encompass over two million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona.On the Sitgreaves, the major attractions for the visitors from the desert are the Mogollon Rim and eight cold-water lakes. From the Mogollon Rims 7,600- foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low lands to the south. The Rim (pronounced: muggy-own) extends two hundred miles from Flagstaff into western New Mexico.The Apache National Forest ranges in elevation from 3,500 feet to nearly 11,500 feet and is named for the tribes that settled in this area. The area from Mount Baldy east to Escudilla Mountain is often referred to as the White Mountains of Arizona. From the edge of the Mogollon Rim south of Hannagan Meadow the land drops precipitously into the high desert around Clifton.Elevations range from 3,500 feet in the upper Sonoran desert life zone covered by prickly pear and yucca to nearly 11,500 feet in the Alpine life zone where visitors can see beautiful stands of fir and spruce interwoven with lush green meadows.Water makes the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest a special place in the typically arid Southwest. The Forest has 24 lakes and reservoirs and more than 450 miles of rivers and streams - more than can be found in any other Southwestern National Forest. The White Mountains contain the headwaters of several Arizona rivers including the Black, the Little Colorado, and the San Francisco. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is also noted for its trout streams and high-elevation lakes and meadows.The Mount Baldy, Escudilla, and Bear Wallow Wildernesses and the Blue Range Primitive Area make up over 200,000 acres of wilderness and primitive areas within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Travel is restricted to foot or horseback and mechanized equipment is prohibited in these areas.The Apache-Sitgreaves provides habitat for over 400 species of wildlife. The forest is home to most big game animals, such as antelope, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and turkey, as well as a variety of songbirds, waterfowl, small mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles. There are opportunities throughout the forest for photographers, casual observers, hunters, and anglers.The high country on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest receives ample snow each year for various types of snow play. Popular winter activities include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice fishing.The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests provide a four season recreational experience with settings ranging from low elevation desert to high elevation mixed conifer stands. A word of caution, because of the dramatic differences in elevation across the forest, there are chances for sudden storms and changes in weather.|
|Facilities: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest offers 48 developed campgrounds. There are 24 lakes and reservoirs and more than 450 miles of rivers and streams in the forest. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest have hundreds of miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horse-back riders..|
Best Time To Visit: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is open year-round with a variety of winter sports available in the winter. A word of caution: because of the dramatic differences in elevation across the Forest, there are chances for sudden storms and changes in weather.
Fees: No fees are charged to access the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. However, camping fees are charged.
Accessibility: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has a number of wheelchair accessible sites, including campgrounds, fishing docks, trails, overlooks, boating stations and restrooms. Contact a Forest Service office for an updated listing of these sites.
Rules: Observe all posted signs, fire restrictions, and closures in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Follow 'Leave no Trace' principles.Travel is restricted to foot or horseback within Wilderness areas. Mechanized equipment is prohibited in the Mount Baldy, Escudilla, and Bear Wallow Wildernesses and the Blue Range Primitive Area.
Directions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest encompasses two million acres of mountain country in east-central Arizona along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. The Forest borders the north and east sides of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Headquarters is located in Springerville, on US Highway 60, in eastern Arizona. District offices are also located in Alpine, Duncan, Overgaard and Lakeside. US Highways 191 and 60, and State Highway 260 provide the primary access through the Forest.GPS Coordinates are to the main Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Headquarters in Springerville, AZ.
Map: Click here for a map to Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Reservations: Reservations are not need or required to access the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Some campgrounds within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest may accept reservations.
|Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest|
|309 South Mountain Avenue|
|P.O. Box 640|
|Springerville, Arizona 85938|
|General: (520) 333-4301|
|TTY: (520) 333-6292|