- 10.87 miles (17 km)
- Take about one hour to fully enjoy this road.
- Permits need to be purchased from the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to do any activities on the reservation.
The White River Scenic Road was designated on May 13, 1992, by the Arizona Department of Transportation. This route follows the White River as it travels north to the Mogollon Rim. The entire route is located within the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The Kinishba Ruins, west of Fort Apache on S.R. 73, is among the best examples of the prehistoric Mogollon culture found in Arizona. This route combines the mystery of its Indian heritage with the scenic beauty of the high country forests.
Points of Interest Along The Way
"Nohwike' Bagowa" (AZ)
The Apache Culture Center features exhibits and educational programs designed to foster greater appreciation for the cultural traditions and history of the White Mountain Apaches. These include not only Apache artifacts but also audio recordings of Apache interviews, songs, and stories.
Oral histories, various archival materials, and objects of artistic, cultural, and historical significance are housed at the Culture Center. An "Artist in Residency" program also provides promising local artists with the opportunity to develop their skills and present examples of their work to the general public.
Living History Walking Tours are available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 2:00 pm from June 7th through August.
A visit to the Culture Center also provides admittance to the Historic Park and to Kinishba Ruins National Historic Landmark, five miles west of Fort Apache. All are administered by the Apache Tribe's Heritage Program.
Reach Fort Apache by traveling State Route 73, from either Pinetop or Carrizo Junction, to its intersection with Indian Route 46, about 5 miles south of Whiteriver. Signs at the intersection guide visitors the 1/2 mile east to the Park.
Alchesay National Fish Hatchery (AZ)
This is half of a two-part National Fish Hatchery unit supplying 5 species of trout for Indian waters in UT, AZ, and CO.
Ft. Apache Historic Park (AZ)
This park has a re-creation of an Apache village with several of the unique buildings at the fort. General Cook's log cabin now houses the gift shop.
Kinishba Ruins (AZ)
Kinishba Ruins is all that remains of a village built by the ancestral Pueblo Indians approximately 1250 - 1400 AD.
Take St. Rd. 73 south from White River to Knishba Ruins.