Fort Apache Indian Reservation

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White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation
White Mountain Apache seal.png
Seal of the White Mountain Apache tribe
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( Arizona)
Western Apache, English
Christianity, Native American Church, traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
Western Apache, San Carlos Apache, Navajo

The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation in Arizona, United States, encompassing parts of Navajo, Gila, and Apache counties. It is home to the federally recognized White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation, a Western Apache tribe. It has a land area of 2,627 square miles (6,800 km2) and a population of 12,429 people as of the 2000 census.[1] The largest community is Whiteriver.



The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is covered mostly by pine forests and is habitat to a variety of forest wildlife. It is located directly south of the Mogollon Rim. The highest point in the reservation is Baldy Peak, with an elevation of 11,403 feet (3,476 m).


The Fort Apache Indian Reservation, south of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

The tribe operates the Sunrise ski resort and the Hon Dah Resort Casino.[2] It has built the Apache Cultural Center & Museum, constructed in the traditional style of a gowa.

Other attractions within the reservation include the Fort Apache Historic Park, which has 27 buildings from the historic fort and a 288-acre (117 ha) National Historic District; and other historic sites. Kinishba Ruins, an ancient archeological site (AD 1150–1350) of the western Pueblo culture, is a National Historic Landmark and is located on nearby associated tribal trust lands. Appointments may be made to visit the site.


According to the Arizona Census Bureau, the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, which is located in Navajo County, is populated by small communities. North Fork, Whiteriver, Fort Apache, East Fork, Rainbow City, Cibecue, Hon-Dah, Mcnary, Turkey Creek, Seven Mile are the communities that comprise the Fort Apache Reservation which has a total population of 22,036.<>


A collection of Apache Indian baskets on display in about 1900

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  1. ^ Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona, United States Census Bureau
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Coordinates: 33°55′43″N 110°07′55″W / 33.92861°N 110.13194°W / 33.92861; -110.13194