Blue Range Primitive Area

Located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona.

This 173,762-acre area, designated in 1933, is now completely within the state of Arizona. The other 29,304-acre portion in New Mexico became the new Blue Range Wilderness with passage of the 1980 New Mexico Wilderness Act.

Lying at the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, the Blue Range is rugged and beautiful with many geologic and scenic attractions, including timbered ridges and deep canyons. The Mogollon Rim, made famous as the "Tonto Rim" in Zane Grey's books, crosses the area from west to east. This rim, unique both from geological and ecological standpoints, is further enhanced by the spectacular Blue River Canyon and river. There is spruce and fir in the high country, and ponderosa pine, pinion and juniper in lower areas.

Deer, elk, and other big and small game find food and shelter in the primitive area's more remote reaches.

Trail access is fairly good, but prospective visitors are reminded that this is big, rough, generally dry country. Inquire at Ranger District offices at Clifton or Alpine and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests' offices in Springerville for seasonal information and maps.

For further information contact:

  • Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
    Federal Building
    309 South Mountain Avenue Hwy. 180
    P.O. Box 640
    Springerville, AZ 85938
    (602) 333-4301
  • Alpine Ranger District
    P.O. Box 469
    Alpine, AZ 85920
    (602) 339-4384
  • Clifton Ranger District
    P.O. Box 698
    Clifton, AZ 85533
    (602) 865-4129

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 3 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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