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 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.

Earth Day Celebration April 21 2018 Eagar AZ Ramsey Park

Join Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests employees in celebrating the 2nd annual Celebration of Earth Day. The event is sponsored by the Springerville Ranger District and will take place on April 21, 2018 in Eagar, AZ at Ramsey Park from 10am to 1pm. Information and displays by Forest Service staff experts include: wildlife, archeology, timber, silviculture, conservation education and fire prevention. There will be a Forest trivia game with prizes, a special appearance by Smokey Bear and free hot dogs. 

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life. John Muir

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests wants all 4th graders to experience the great outdoors by participating in the Every Kid In A Park program to earn FREE passes at federal lands and waters locations. A world of learning, discovery, and fun awaits every kid! Get started and download the FREE pass now. Please share this great program with your friends and family!


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Celebration of 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act

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In 1986, a region-wide effort was made to evaluate and nominate fire lookouts for the National Register of Historic Places. Bear Mountain Lookout and associated features were officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a result of the undertaking. The Alpine Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is home to the highest number of fire lookouts in the USFS Southwest Region.

Hulsey Lake Restoration

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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,

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More than 6,500 women now hold career firefighting and fire officer positions in the United States. Of those special women, we have several that work on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.


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