The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are managed as one of 11 National Forests in the Southwestern Region of Arizona and New Mexico. The National Forests are "AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS," here to serve the American people at work or at play. Some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southwest awaits the forest visitor on the two million acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Our 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 you can see beautiful stands of fir and spruce interwoven with lush green meadows.
Summer Activities - The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are truly an oasis from the heat and concrete of southwestern cities in the summer and a snow-season paradise during the winter. Spectacular vistas from the Mogollon Rim and fragrant pine forests with an abundance of wildlife lure more visitors each year. Fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, and photography are but a few of the most popular summertime activities. In the winter there are unlimited opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.
Trails - There are approximately 875 miles of trails in the forest, many of which are maintained through the generosity and hard work of volunteers and user groups. There are excellent opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. The forest contains four National Recreation Trails, all of which provide beautiful vistas, varying physical challenges, and several opportunities for the enjoyment of historic interpretation.
Camping - There are campgrounds available ranging from remote, fairly primitive sites to developed sites with amenities such as hot showers and flushable toilets. Reservations can be made at least 10 days in advance for most campsites on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests by dialing the toll free number, 1-800-280-CAMP. For free literature and specific information, contact any National Forest office.
Snow Sports - There are thousands of miles of roads and trails that receive varying amounts of snowfall and are open to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Conditions for cross-country skiing vary from busy groomed trails to isolated alpine meadows where solitude and winter beauty are the rule. There are numerous snowmobiling opportunities for family fun and enjoyment. For trained and experienced winter recreationists, snow camping is increasing in popularity. Ice fishing is also becoming a favorite winter outdoor recreation experience at many of our high elevation lakes.
No matter the time of year- come and enjoy the beauty of America's great outdoors. Visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests!
Hours: Year Round Activities
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests P.O. Box 640 Springerville, AZ 85938
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