High Country Attractions
The High Country area of Arizona is located in the east central region of the state. It includes the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and the towns of St Johns, Snowflake and Clifton.
Clifton (pop. 2,840) is an old mining town founded in the 1870's. The town of Clifton is known as the "Gateway to the Coronado Trail" as the famous trail leads from Clifton north to the town of Springerville. The Coronado Trail is considered one of the most scenic drives in Arizona.Clifton has about 45 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Greenlee County Historical Museum
Built in 1913, the Greenlee County Historical Museum serves as a home for the relics of an age of mining and community long since past. The exhibits and artifacts housed within tell the stories of an industry and its people who have since been supplanted by newer technologies and largely automated mechanisms. But while visitors to the modern mine are unlikely to see anyone swing a pick-ax or light a gas lantern, any patron of the museum will be able to step back in time and feel the power of an industry and its community built on the backs of intrepid men and daring women.Additional exhibits include displays about Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Apache warrior Geronimo, and Ted De Grazia, who were all born nearby.
Eagar is located on Highway 260 just south of Springerville in central Arizona near the New Mexico border and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Eagar is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts with the White Mountains nearby and opportunity for camping, hunting, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Little House Museum
Little House Museum near Springerville has relics and photos from the pioneer days. The Music Hall is filled with one of a kind instruments, many of the old buildings have been restored and there are turn of the century vintage fashions on display.
Round Valley Ensphere
Round Valley Ensphere in Eagar is the only high school domed stadium in the United States.
The old mining town of Globe (copper, silver) is a good place from which to visit the cave dwellings occupied by Salado Indians in the 13th and 14th centuries (Besh-Ba-Gowah, Tonto).With a population of 6,062, the town is located in a valley between the Apache and Pinal Mountains.
Cobre Valley Center for the Arts
The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts in Globe was established by local artists to showcase their work. It is presently located in the 1906 Old Gila County Courthouse. Exhibits at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts include sculptures, jewelry, hand weaving, quilts, photography and other works of art.
Gila County Historical Museum
The Gila County Historical Museum in Globe showcases the native, pioneer and mining histories of the area. The museum building dates from 1914, and was once the rescue building for the Old Dominion Copper Mine located across the street.
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park
The Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park in Globe consists of Salado cliff dwellings similar to those at the Tonto National Monument.
San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation
The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation was first established in 1871 by President Grant on 1.8 million acres. It shares the northern border with the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation.There is excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing, photography, and bird watching. Over 218 species of birds have been recorded on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
Address: Box O, San Carlos, AZ 85550, United States
San Carlos Lake
San Carlos Lake covers 19,500 acres of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Known for its bass fishing, the lake was created by the 880-foot Coolidge Dam, dedicated in 1930.
Cassadore Springs is a small picnic area and campground north of the town of San Carlos in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
Point Of Pines
Point of Pines is a 35-acre trout lake in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
Talkalai Lake is a fishing lake north of the town of San Carlos in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
San Carlos is the largest settlement in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
Seneca Park is a 27-acre trout lake in the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
The town of Alpine is located at the eastern end of the White Mountains, six miles from the New Mexico state line, at an elevation of 8,050 feet. It was founded by Mormon settlers in 1879.The slopes of mountains surounding Alpine have vast numbers of pine, fir, and aspen trees.
Hannagan Meadow, Arizona
Hannagan Meadow is a small village south of Alpine, surrounded by aspen, spruce and fir forests. The village is noted for having the first and last snow in the state of Arizona! Recreational opportunities in Hannagan Meadow include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Heber-Overgaard is located on Highway 260 east of Payson. Heber-Overgaard is a small mountain community that has maintained its small town feel and provides an ideal getaway. Hunting, fishing, hiking or camping are just a few of the activities tha can enjoyed.
Morenci is a small town ten miles north of Clifton, at an elevation of 4,080 feet. Morenci Mine is the largest copper mining operation in North America and one of the largest copper mines in the world. The large open-pit mine is located north of the town.
Morenci Open Pit Mine
The Morenci Open Pit Mine is one of the biggest man-made holes in the world.
Show Low, Arizona
Show Low is located in the White Mountains near the Mogollon Rim, and has a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities. The town got its name from a winner-take-all card game played in 1876, and its main street, Deuce Of Clubs, is named after the winning card.
Pin Tail Lake
Pin Tail Lake is an artificial lake located north of Show Low. The lake is a waterfowl marsh habitat that is home to Mallards, Northern Pintails, Cinnamon teals and Gadwall.
Show Low Lake
Show Low Lake is located five miles south of Show Low and noted for its fishing.
Greer is a small community in the White Mountains, close to the Sunrise Ski Area and Sunrise Lake. Outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round such as hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and skiing.
Butterfly Lodge Museum
Butterfly Lodge was built in Greer in 1914. The cabin's name ("Apuni Oyis" in Blackfoot) was inspired by the many butterflies in the nearby meadows. It was the mountain home and hunting lodge of James Willard Schultz (1859 - 1947) and his son, Hart Merriam Schultz, known as Lone Wolf (1882-1970).
Lakeside and Pinetop, Arizona
Lakeside and Pinetop originally began as two separate communities, but have grown together over the years. Lakeside was originally called Fairview when it was founded by Mormons in 1880, but renamed after nearby Rainbow Lake was created.
Miami is an old mining town west of Globe on Highway 60. The town was established in 1909 when a "land rush" was held for prospective landowners to buy land to build their homes.
Pinto Valley Copper Mines
Just west of Miami are the open pits of the Pinto Valley Copper Mines.
The old mining town of Superior dates back to 1875, when Aaron Mason discovered silver in what eventually became the Silver King Mine. The town lies to the west of scenic Queen Creek Canyon. It was featured in the 1997 Oliver Stone film "U-Turn".
Magma Copper Mine
The Magma Copper Mine in Superior has a shaft nearly 5,000 feet deep. The warm rock formation created a need that brought about the first air-conditioned mine in North America, improving health and safety factors in mine operations and making deeper excavation possible.
The ghost town of Pinal City was once the mill town for the Silver Creek Mine, located along Queen Creek. A few grave markers and wagon ruts are all that remain today.
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum
Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, founded by mining magnate Colonel William Boyce in the 1920's.
Address: 37615 Highway 60, Superior, AZ 85273, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Aug 31: 6am-3pm
Sep 1 to Apr 30: 8am-5pm
Sep 1 to Apr 30: 8am-5pm
Always closed on: Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Annual pass or membership $45.00, Adult $7.50, Child 12 & under $3.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Useful tips: Last admission one hour prior to closing.
Facilities: Gift shop
Young is an historic village on Highway 260 in the Tonto National Forest. Originally known as Pleasant Valley, the town was the site of a deadly battle between ranchers and farmers at the turn of the century.
Pleasant Valley War Victim
Four miles north of Young is the gravesite of the first victim of the Pleasant Valley War, a Navajo sheepherder. The location of his grave is marked with a white cross, a pile of stones, and a sign that marks the spot.
Snowflake is located south of Holbrooke on Highway 77 in Arizona's High Country. Its main attraction is as a base for the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.
Florence Junction, Arizona
The town of Florence Junction was founded in 1923 by JW Willoughby.