Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Offices will be closed for Christmas Day December 25, 2013.
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.
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.
For many folks, one of the highlights of visiting the national forests is enjoying a peaceful evening in front of the campfire. Before you head to the woods, however, it's important to know if you can have a fire or not.