Fort Apache Indian Reservation, home of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, is in east central Arizona. It is 75 miles long, 45 miles wide and encompasses more

than 1.6 million acres in portions of Navajo, Apache and Gila counties.

The reservation has a wide range of topography and climate.

The southwestern desert foothills, at an elevation of 2,700 feet in

the Salt River Canyon, contrast sharply with the mountainous,

forested northeastern portions of the reservation where elevations

exceed 11,000 feet in the Mt. Baldy area.


Whiteriver, the largest population center of the Reservation and

the seat of tribal government, is located 35 miles south of Show Low,

95 miles northeast of Globe, and 190 miles northeast of Phoenix.

(From Phoenix, the reservation is reached by U.S. 60.) At an elevation

of 5,300 feet, Whiteriver enjoys a moderate four-season climate.


Using the plentiful natural resources and the scenic beauty of

its land, the White Mountain Apache Tribe has gained a national

reputation for the network of enterprises it has created. Leading the

way is Fort Apache Timber Company, which employs 450 people to

harvest ponderosa pine, spruce and fir within 800,000 acres of tribal

Forestland. The tribe opened a finger-jointing/edge-gluing plant, to

more effectively use the sawmill's low-grade lumber, as well as add

jobs. The sawmill also operates a retail center in Hon Dah, which

sells lumber and hardware.


The tribe boasts one of the best ski resorts in the Southwest.

Sunrise Park Resort caters to skiers of all skill levels with excellent

trails covering three mountains. With six chair lifts, two T-bars, two

beginner tows and four lodges, the resort can handle over 7,000



The Hon-Dah Casino offers a delightful setting located just

around the corner from Sunrise Park Resort. Skiers find the casino a

good spot to unwind after a day on the slopes. In addition, all of

Navajo County is a designated Enterprise Zone.


Tribal lands contain some of Arizona's most beautiful country,

with 25 excellent fishing lakes, 420 miles of trout streams, and more

than 7,000 campsites. Hawley Lake remains one of the most popular

havens for anglers. The mighty Salt River, whose waters originate

almost exclusively on the reservation, offers white water and breath-taking

scenery for kayakers and canoers. Permits are required.

Guided white-water rafting tours, ranging from one to four days,

are offered between February and June.


The world-famous Fort Apache is being developed into a historic

park. The tribal Culture Center, a recreation of an Apache

Village, and a walking tour of the Fort are the main attractions. Also

on the reservation are the ancient Kinishba Ruins, Geronimo's Cave

and the Alchesay Fish Hatchery. The White Mountain Apache Tribal

Fair and Rodeo is held the first weekend in September.