Alpine is surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near the headwaters of the San Francisco River. Hunting, fishing, lakes, streams and camping are a few of the areas attractions. The community's high meadows are surrounded by majestic peaks, including Escudilla Mountain (10,877 ft.) which is covered with tall pines and aspen. Alpine is at an elevation of 8,050 feet, just 6 miles from the New Mexico border.
The area, also know as Bush Valley, was settled in 1876 by Anderson Bush, owner of a log house know as Fort Bush. In 1880, Mormon settlers built a log house fort about a mile southeast of Alpine. At the junction of U.S. Highways 191 and 180, the unincorporated community is 28 miles south of Springerville on state Highway 191 and 110 miles south of Interstate 40.
The Apache-Sitgreaves Forest contains wilderness and primitive areas. Within a 30-mile radius there are more than 200 miles of trout streams and 11 lakes. In addition to the excellent fishing, camping, hiking, and horseback riding opportunities, big game abounds. Deer, elk, mountain lion, and bear, as well as turkey, javelina, and smaller game are attractions for hunters, trappers, and photographers. Licensed guides are available.
Developed campsites at Luna Lake and the Alpine Divide are attractive and well-spaced. Additional campgrounds are found on the Black River (elevation 8,000 ft.) and Blue River (elevation 6,000 ft.). Luna Lake is also a wildlife refuge where bald and golden eagles, as well as swans and geese, are often seen. An Audubon refuge is at the Luce Ranch on the Blue River. Rock-hunters can enjoy finding Luna agate, fire agate, and quartz crystals. A herbarium that helps people identify the hundreds of wildflowers which bloom during the spring and summer is available at the Forest Service Ranger Station in Alpine.
Local annual events include dog-sled races in January, a rodeo,
parade and dance in June and weekly van tours and campground programs during
This page prepared from Arizona Department of Commerce profile on the City of Alpine dated June 1999 and published with the permission of Alpine Area Chamber of Commerce.Updated 12-27-2007.