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St. Johns

Explore the “Capital of the White Mountains,” St. Johns, a hub of year-round recreation and fascinating geological marvels such as the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert are only a short drive away.

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The most scenic and shortest drive between Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, passes through St. Johns. Instead of only appreciating the sweet town from your car, stop and stay awhile. You’ll find plenty to enjoy.

“The town of friendly neighbors” is the motto for St. Johns and that sums up the close-knit family community well. The annual events speak volumes about how much this town enjoys coming together to celebrate. Time your trip to take part in Buffalo Daze, Pioneer Days, Apache County Fair, the Christmas Parade, St. Johns SummerFest, or the Fourth of July Celebration. There are also many equestrian-related events including competitions that draw participants from across the Southwest. The rolling countryside provides excellent footing for horses – and scenic views for riders.

Within a short drive, you’ll be able to access sites that can’t be found anywhere else such as the Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert, the Navajo and Hopi tribal lands, and Meteor Crater. Don’t forget to pack your camera.

If you love hitting the slopes, visit Sunrise Ski Resort in the winter months. There are 65 runs over three mountains. During summer months, Big Lake Recreation Area is a must for camping, hiking, and fishing. It’s located in the two-million-acre Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

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For Visitor information

City of St. Johns | 70 E. Commercial | St. Johns, AZ | (928) 337-4517 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Apache 1946 5,679ft 3,480

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