The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests eastern center of Arizona.
Where is this Forest?


Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to Begin Tuesday, April 22, 2014 . . .

Welcome to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest



Map of state showing Forest location The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, administered as one national forest, encompass over two million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona. The Sitgreaves National Forest was named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, a government topographical engineer who conducted the first scientific expedition across Arizona in the early 1850’s Read more»

On the Sitgreaves, the major attractions for the visitors from the desert are the Mogollon Rim and eight cold-water lakes. From the Mogollon Rim’s 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.


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Recent News


New Forest Supervisor

Jim Zornes

The anticipation on who the next leader of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) is over.  He’s already on the Forest!  Deputy Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes has been named as the new ASNFs’ Forest Supervisor assuming former Forest Supervisor Chris Knopp’s position, who retired in November 2011.

Wallow Fire BAER

BAER Picture

Field assessments documenting resource damages have been completed on Tribal lands and final reports are being prepared.  Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team assessments continue and will result in an Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan, which will recommend priority actions that will be accomplished in the near future. 

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Ranger Bob - The Face of Black Mesa

Spotlight: Ranger Bob Today

Forestry Technician Robert “Ranger Bob” Montgomery who has devoted more than half a century to living and working on this Forest.

Wildfires Can Happen In ANY Season

Smokey Snowflake

The wet summer monsoon resulted in higher than normal grass growth, also known as fuel loading.  With the recent warm and dry weather, fuels may be dry enough to ignite.


Smithsonian Exhibit

The town of Springerville accepted the opportunity to display the exhibit provided by the Smithsonian Institute and the Arizona Arts Council

Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Four national forests are actively engaged in a collaborative, landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the

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