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Springerville, AZ—October 26, 2018– With over two million acres of free public accessible land, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) has many enjoyable recreational possibilities.  You can participate in hiking, biking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and numerous other activities throughout the year.

The ASNFs offer hundreds of miles of trails from the lower elevations of the Clifton Ranger District to the very popular Mount Baldy Wilderness hiking and equestrian trails on the Springerville Ranger District.  For those seeking a trail less traveled there are hiking and horseback riding opportunities in the Blue Range Primitive Area and the Bear Wallow Wilderness Area on the Alpine Ranger District.  The Lakeside Ranger District offers many hiking and biking trails close to the town of Show Low and surrounding communities. 

Mountain bike trails on all districts of the forests offer fun and challenging rides to those that wish to bike.  This provides an opportunity for an enjoyable ride with children and families or a fast-paced stimulating race down a mountain path.

There are abundant lakes and streams providing fishing on all districts.  There is the possibility of catching rainbow, cutthroat, brown, brook, tiger and Apache trout, catfish, bass, grayling, and sunfish. Check Arizona Game and Fish fishing regulations, so you know which lakes and streams have which species, the limits and any special regulations.  You will need a valid Arizona State fishing license to fish any of the waters on the forests.  

There are plenty of camping opportunities from full-hookup campgrounds, electricity included, to dispersed camping where you pick the spot and bring your own amenities.  When you disperse camp remember you “pack it in – pack it out”, bring your own water and clean up your camping area before heading back home.  Most of our campgrounds are closed during the winter so check with the local district for availability. 

Beautiful fall colors highlight the mountains and canyons with a brilliant display during autumn.  Be sure to bring your camera so you can capture those stunning colors.  This is a wonderful time to slow down, take your time, and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Fall also ushers in hunting seasons.  Nine of Arizona’s big 10 game animals call the ASNFs home. They include mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, turkey, sheep, bear, mountain lion, antelope, and javelina. Hunting licenses and permits are sold through the Arizona Game and Fish Department, contact them for additional information.

When we receive winter snows you can cross-country ski, snowmobile, sled or build a snowman.  Having extremely cold winters has a benefit, being able to ice fish at one of the many lakes on the ASNFs.

With all of these marvelous opportunities, why wouldn’t you come for a visit?