San Carlos

Discover an outdoorsman’s paradise in San Carlos, with record-setting bass fishing and elk hunting, as well as the rich culture of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

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A trip through the wilderness around San Carlos may change your perception of the Arizona desert.

San Carlos, Arizona, has the good fortune of having the Salt River in its backyard. Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are popular activities along the river, and the area also holds San Carlos Lake and more than 100 small ponds, called tanks. The lakes are regularly stocked, so get ready to reel in bass, catfish, trout, or bluegill.

Begin your outdoor adventure at the San Carlos Wildlife & Recreation Department to get a fishing permit, or to apply for an elk-hunting tag – the tribe’s Dry Lake and Hilltop herds have produced some of the world’s largest antler-bearing elk.

San Carlos is located on U.S. Highway 70 on San Carlos Apache Indian tribal lands. Time your visit to coincide with a local festival to browse the wares of tribal artisans. Look for Apache burden baskets, cradleboards, and beaded works of art and jewelry featuring peridot – San Carlos holds the world’s largest deposit of this gorgeous green gemstone. At the Saturday morning markets in the community center, sample traditional delicacies such as acorn stew, hot popovers, and hot pickles.

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Just The Facts

For Visitor information

Apache Nation Chamber of Commerce | PO Box 1240 | San Carlos, AZ | (928) 475-2579 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Graham 1872 2,628ft 4,038

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