Welcome to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest




To comply with the USDA Forest Service Travel Management Rule, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests officials propose to provide a system of National Forest System roads, trails, and areas designated for motor vehicle use. This road and motorized trail system will provide access to the forests while protecting physical, biological and cultural resources. Please visit our Travel Management Project Home Page to get more information.


Districts on the Apache-Sitgreaves


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» 

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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Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and safety of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas. 

Volunteer Camp Hosts Needed

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The Black Mesa District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are seeking motivated individuals or couples to fill several host positions.

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National Bike Month - May

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Biking is an affordable and alternative means of transportation. It’s also an excellent way to enjoy the beautiful bike trails within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Aviation History Month

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Aviation History Month is celebrated during November and is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contributions and achievements of aviation.


Relocation of Springerville Ranger District to USFS Headquarters Bldg.

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Springerville Ranger District, located at 165 So. Mountain Ave. is relocating to Apache-Sitgreaves Headquarters Bldg located at 30 South Chiricahua Dr. in Springerville, Arizona

Kacy Ellsworth, Public Affairs Officer for Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests would like to express a warm welcome to Kacy Ellsworth, Public Affairs Officer

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Hulsey Lake Restored 2015

Office of Communication selected our favorite Top 25 photos Link opens in a new window

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