Springerville is in an area known as Round Valley in

the foothills of the White Mountains. The town, on the banks of

the Little Colorado River, grew around Henry Springer's Trading

Post. It was established in 1879, but was not incorporated until

1948. Springerville is in Apache County, about 220 miles northeast

of Phoenix.

 

Springerville has a variety of activities, which shape its local

economy. These include tourism, agriculture, construction, forest

service, hunting, fishing, lumbering, and retail sales. Cattle and

sheep ranching were early economic activities and, while still

important, have gradually been replaced as prime contributors to

economic stability.

 

Service to the tourist trade and local community is the major

contributor to the employment structure, followed by retail trade.

Springerville provides a large majority of the retail service in a 25-

mile trade area, which includes the western edge of New Mexico.

Nationally recognized archaeological ruins, Casa Malpais, are

located within the town limits. Tour information and additional

archaeological information is available from the Chamber of

Commerce.

 

Springerville Generating Station, operated by Tucson Electric

Power, employs 230 people. The Coronado Generating Station

near St. Johns (29 miles north) also has a positive effect on the

Springerville economy by the increased demand for housing, medical

services and retail trade from its 280 employees.

Springerville's location on U.S. 60 and state Highways 180-

191, with nearby airport facilities, put it within easy reach of the

White Mountain recreation area

 

The many lakes, streams, year-round hunting and a nearby ski

resort make Springerville a true “Community For All Seasons.”

Springerville, just outside the northern boundary of the

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, serves as its headquarters. The

forest covers more than 2 million acres, including considerable

wilderness and primitive areas. The community also is the northern

end of the exciting Coronado Trail (U.S. 191) that meanders for

100 miles through the heart of the forest. The trail offers exceptional

views of forest-meadow country, sportsmen's lodges for off-trail

hunting and fishing, wildlife, and former gold camps. The trail

ends in the south at Morenci with its huge copper pits and Clifton

with pioneer mementos.

 

Four rivers lie in the forest, including the Black, Little

Colorado, the Blue and San Francisco. Elevations in the forest

range from 3,500 feet to the 11,590-foot summit of Mount Baldy

on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. The

Springerville Volcanic Field contains 405 vents and covers 3,000

square kilometers., about the size of Rhode Island. The field is the

third largest of its type in the United States.

Some of the 24 lakes and reservoirs located in the forest are

stocked for fishing, and there are more than 680 miles of clear

trout streams. The primitive areas are ideal for pack trips and hiking,

with excellent hunting for big and small game.