Welcome to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest


The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, administered as one national forest,  encompasses 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 about the Forest » 

On the Sitgreaves, the major attractions for the visitors from the desert are the Mogollon Rim and eight cold-water lakes. From the Mogollon (pronounced: muggy-own) Rim’s 7,600- foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low lands to the south. The Rim 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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Herber Wild Horse Territory Project

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The Heber Wild Horse Territory is located in Navajo and Coconino Counties in the Black Canyon area, southwest of the town of Heber, Arizona. The purpose of this project is to develop a territory management plan for wild horse management actions within the Heber Wild Horse Territory, consistent with laws, regulations, and the Forest Plan.

Photo Contest Winners!

Carnero Lake on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Arizona

What if the top prize for the 2020 National Park Foundation Photo Contest was taken on a National Forest?  Do you need more proof that National Forests are the best public lands?  Third prize not only went to a photo taken on a  National Forest - it was taken on Region 3's very own Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. 

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Camp Host Positions Available

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Rim Lakes Recreation Area on the Mogollon Rim seeks motivated individuals and/or couples to fill several Camp Host positions for the 2022 summer season. 

Women In Fire Fighting


Across the nation, women hold more than 6,500 career firefighting positions. We have several of those special women and one works on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests,


Four Forest Restoration Initiative

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

What it takes to become a firefighter

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The Heart of  a Firefighter is a video about the passion and drive it takes to become a firefigher . . . 

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