Black Mesa Ranger District
The Black Mesa District has within its boundaries five high elevation lakes, numerous scenic canyons, and several campgrounds offering approximately 400 campsites. Year round outdoor recreational opportunities abound including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, boating, hunting, picnicking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
The entire southern boundary of the district is defined by The Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the great Colorado Plateau. This massive escarpment, created by a fault line, presents a nearly vertical drop as much as 2,000 feet to the forested hills and desert below.
The Mogollon Rim Visitor Information Center is open seasonally from Memorial Day through Early December. It is located on Route 260 just as you cross into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest boundary.
The Mogollon Rim was made famous by Zane Grey (1872-1939), an American author of popular adventure novels depicting an idealized image of the rugged Old West. The White Mountains made green by Ponderosa pine, gentled by cold waters flowing to the valleys below and far beyond. It is a physically challenging and rewarding recreational landscape; a place of spiritual renewal and more.
Springerville Ranger District
A diamond in the White Mountains. There are five campgrounds at the Big Lake Recreation Area complex. These campgrounds can accommodate a large RV of up to 82’, to a throw down camp with just a sleeping bag. The Apache Trout Campground has full hook-ups with all the amenities and will facilitate a RV of almost any size. The Rainbow and Grayling campgrounds also have RV sites for smaller RV’s and don’t offer hookups. The Brookchar and Cutthroat campgrounds are tent only campgrounds. A large variety of camping sites are available for you to select from here at the Big Lake Recreation Area complex, whether you are in a tent or motor home.
There are fishing, canoeing, hiking, and bird watching opportunities that will keep you busy, or just relax, read a book, take some pictures, enjoy the quiet and beauty of the area.