White Mountain Apache Tribe

Enjoy a year-round outdoor paradise in the White Mountains with hiking, snow sports, rafting, and fishing. The lakes and streams hold something special – only here will you be able to find Apache Trout, one of Arizona's two native trout species and is the Arizona state fish.

History & Nature

Located in east-central Arizona, the White Mountain Apache Tribe presides over one of the largest tribal lands in the nation. The high desert is teeming with life, boasting world-class elk hunting, fishing, and other year-round outdoor recreation that deliver high on the adrenaline chart.

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Things to Do

Begin your visit in General Cook’s cabin (built in 1870). Among the many surprises you’ll find here are Apache Scout artifacts, cavalry uniforms, and bugle calls.

The next stop is wherever your whim takes you. Raft the Salt River Canyon, camp, hike, or fish for Apache Trout in one of several lakes and streams, such as the Hawley Lake Recreation Area. The Apache Trout species can only be found here. For hunts of a different kind, knowledgeable guides are available to elk hunters. Visit during the winter for skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and general snow splendor at Sunrise Park Resort. For a full list of outdoor recreation areas, visit the White Mountain Apache Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Division website.

On top of the wide array of outdoor recreation, there’s also the Hon-Dah Casino, which has more than 800 slots and live poker and blackjack.

The Fort Apache Historic Park includes several historically significant sites, from buildings dating back to the 1870s to the fort itself. Kinishba Ruins steps back even further into the past, this National Historic Landmark is an ancestral pueblo settlement and one of the largest in Arizona. There’s also the White Mountain Apache Culture Center and Museum, which includes thoughtful exhibits on Apache art, culture, and history.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

There are several camping sites available throughout the reservation in the outdoor recreation areas. For those looking for a little more luxury, the AAA, Three Diamond resort, Hon-Dah Resort-Casino Conference Center, offers spacious rooms, a delectable restaurant, and relaxing lounge and heated pool.

Annual Events

Canyon Day Open Show, Canyon Day Junior Rodeo
Location: Canyon Day
Date: April
Information: (928) 383-4346

Sunrise Dance Ceremony
Location: Whiteriver
Date: April - September
Information: (928) 338-4625

Fort Apache Heritage Reunion
Location: Fort Apache
Date: May
Information: (928) 338-1230

Cedar Creek All Indian Rodeo
Location: Cedar Creek
Date: June
Information: (928) 338-4346

Hon-Dah Casino Pow Wow
Location: Hon-Dah Casino Grounds
Date: August
Information: (928) 369-7586

White Mountains Apache Tribal Fair and Rodeo
Location: Whiteriver
Date: September
Information: (928) 338-4346

Location And Nearby Communities

White Mountain Apache Tribe is located in the east central region of Arizona, 194 miles northeast of Phoenix.

Nearby Communities:
Eagar
Greer
Pinetop-Lakeside
Show Low
Springerville

For More Information

Tribal Government
PO Box 700
Whiteriver, AZ 85947
(928) 338-4346

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