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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest- The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest encompasses two million acres of mountain country in east-central Arizona along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is located in south-central Arizona. Encompassing 323 acres, the Arboretum is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden.
Coconino National Forest- The Coconino National Forest lies in central Arizona, around the communities of Flagstaff and Sedona. Landscapes on the Forest vary from semiarid desert through ponderosa pine forests to alpine tundra.
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area- Along the 149-acre Fool Hollow Lake are 100-foot pine trees and great blue herons. Visitors can enjoy year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Lyman Lake State Park- Lyman Lake State Park is located in eastern Arizona just south of St. Johns. The lake's 6,000 foot elevation and 1,500 acre surface area (there is no restriction on boat size) make it a favorite destination for water sports, camping, fishing and hiking.
Roosevelt Lake Recreation Area- Once the largest man-made lake in the world, Roosevelt Lake is still the biggest of the six SRP lakes and offers the most recreation opportunities.
Tonto National Forest- The Tonto covers nearly three million acres of rugged, scenic landscapes ranging from cactus-studded desert to pine-clad mountains.
Tonto National Monument- These well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied during the 13th and 14th centuries by Salado Indians who farmed in the Salt River Valley.

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Racoon Campground, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
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Racoon Campground, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Description - This region, unlike the predominant desert landscape of Arizona, is covered by ponderosa pine trees, blue lakes disturbed only by leaping fish, and aspens shimmering in the wind. Ranging all the way up to 11,000 foot high Mount Baldy in the White Mountains and with its amazing geographic features, the High Country offers numerous recreation attractions. The High Country features natural attractions such as the White Mountains and the Mogollon Rim. It includes large areas of public lands in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the Tonto National Forest, Lyman Lake State Park and Fool Hollow Lake State Parks.

Recreation - Popular recreation activities include boating, rafting, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, camping, downhill skiing cross-country skiing and sightseeing.

Climate - Climate in the Arizona High Country varies greatly with elevation. The higher elevations generally receive much more precipitation and much cooler temperatures than the lower elevations. Summers in this region bring warm daytime temperatures with cool nights. Lower elevations often experience quite hot summer temperatures. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer. The late autumn, winter and early spring months bring snow and sometimes very cold temperatures to the high elevations but frequent clear, sunny days. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations; a good time to experience these normally snow free areas.

Location - Arizona High Country, is located in east-central Arizona, from Payson east to the New Mexico border. It includes the towns of Springerville, Whiteriver and Heber. Major roads accessing this area include US Highways 180/191 and US 60, as well as State Highways 260 and 77.


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Arizona Regions - The seven travel regions in Arizona include the Grand Canyon Country, Northeast Arizona, Central Arizona, the Arizona High Country, the Phoenix Area, Western Arizona and Southern Arizona.

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