There are very few places in the world with unequaled and unmatched beauty than can be found right in the heart of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Located in the East-Central region of Arizona the Fort Apache tribe spans 1.6 Million acres of prime outdoor recreational opportunities. Going to this area is a must for a lot of hunters wishing to bag a huge trophy Elk that this region of Arizona is famous for, or they may come up to shred down some of the slopes during the winter months. There are also fishing and camping to be done along some serene lakes, surrounded by spruce pines gently blowing in the breeze.
Without a doubt the hunting in the region is world class. The Elk in this region are some of the biggest available in the United States. With record sized racks, and tipping the scales on size and meat yield. Going with a local guide or outfitter is the best way you can ensure getting on one of these large and prized animals. There are also plenty of other large game such as world class Black bear, some of the largest in the state have been taken here. Predator hunting opportunities are also available which also include bear but also include mountain lion, and Bobcat. Of course if you aren’t having much luck and you want to host a real Texas Barbacoa you can chase some small game and include a Javalina, which are an essential part of a real Texas Barbacoa. There are also an abundance of other small game as well and of course plenty of waterfowl. There is something for every hunter to enjoy. With both guided and unguided hunts being available you will want to book early and get tags soon, as they are in limited supply each year. Not to worry, guided outfitters will generally have more than enough tags for a season but booking early ensures you get to pick the days you want!
Of course hunting is not the only draw of this region, there is the Sunrise Park Ski Resort located just south of Sunrise lake in the heart of the Fort Apache reservation. Owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache tribe there are slops and hills for all skills and ages. With a comprehensive lesson plan available for first timers and beginners all for kids and adults. For those that truly wish to “shred some gnar” there is some prime snowboarding down Sunrise Peak. To warm up from the cold there is plenty of amenities at the lodge to keep you warm, cozy, with a fresh drink in your hand and food in your belly. Of course if skiing is not your then, there is of course the Hon-Dah Casino. You can try your luck on the many video gambling machines or enter in one of the blackjack and poker tournaments. They offer table games, video poker, keno, and much more. There are live shows and plenty of entertainment. Of course lots of dining options as well and plenty of adult beverages! If you have one to many or simply just want to stay near all the fun there are rooms available as well in their lovely hotel.
If the quiet is more your thing and you want to get away from the crowds, and the bright lights and sounds associated with casinos, hit the lake! Hawley Lake offers people an opportunity to rest and relax…to recover if you will from the stresses of life and sometimes that travel and vacations can bring as well. Fishing, boating, camping and of course plenty of cabins to stay in as well. The cabins located at Hawley lake are operated by the local tribe as part of the Community Development Corp. These cabins have room enough to take care of guests numbering from as little as 2 all the way up to 14 total guests! With rooms ranging from 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms and discounts on week or monthly rentals you can really bring a lot of people with you and save some money while enjoying a luxury, lakeside cabin. Located near the cabins is a little gas station and general store, though if you need something specific you better bring it with you or plan on going back into town. There is also a boat dock with boat rentals available to guests and other patrons at an additional cost. The boats are a great way to get around the lake to more private locations to either fish or soak in that Arizona sun. If peace and quiet is more your thing, you can sit on the porch and sip on some tea as you watch the sun reflect over the water. Let the kids run around and play and be kids! Snuggle up by the fire at night and tell stories and have a nice home cooked meal in the fully stocked kitchen.
As you can plainly see there is plenty to see, do and experience thanks to the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Situated right in the heart of Arizona as part of the Fort Apache Indian reservation in East-Central Arizona there is room for endless recreational possibilities. From going out and tracking down a troghy elk or black bear, to winning big at the Black Jack table. Perhaps kicking your shoes off and jumping into a nice cool lake on a hot summer day while your family relaxes in comfort at a cabin, or you are zipping down the slopes at top speed, there is something for everyone. Without a doubt the White Mountain Apache Tribe has gone above and beyond with their opportunities. Take the time to experience them all or just sample the ones you know you will enjoy. It will be worth your time!