The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is actually comprised of two 2.76-million-acre National Forests that include the White Mountains in east-central Arizona and the Mogollon Rim. The forests are managed as a single unit by the U.S. Forest Service whose offices can be found at Springerville, Arizona.
The forest land has lots of attractive features including geological features as well as unique and common flora and fauna. For example, there are over 400 animal species in the national forests. The trees provide much-needed cover from the hot desert climate that is in most of Arizona and more specifically in Phoenix, Arizona.
Additionally, the forest also encompasses several streams, rivers, and lakes including Big Lake, Aker Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Chevelon Canyon Lake, Luna Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Crescent Lake, Blue River, and Black Canyon Lake. All these features allow visitors to the park to enjoy lots of recreational activities.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is divided into five Ranger Districts including Alpine, Clifton, Springerville, Black Mesa, and Lakeside. These five districts cut across 300 miles of land from Clifton, (in the east-central area of Arizona) to the north-central region of Arizona on the eastern border of the Coconino National Forest.
In addition, those with pets and specifically dogs are allowed into the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest as long as they abide by the management’s rules. These rules include making sure that dogs are well-behaved and that all forest resources are respected.
More specifically, dogs should always be under the immediate control of the dog owner who needs to use either a dog leash that is not more than six feet in length or a secured enclosure. Additionally, dog poop should be collected right away and disposed of in the right way. Furthermore, dog owners should know areas of the forest that they can and cannot go with their dogs.