Eastern ArizonaArizona, in the United States of America. It is a complex region of remarkable cultural, geological and scenic diversity despite its sparse population.
Interstate 40, following the route of the old Route 66, runs along the northern edge of this region, and I-10 through its southern area. There are no major airports in the region; the closest airports with significant commercial service are in Phoenix and Tucson.
A car is essential as there is no public transportation.
phone: +1 928-333-5375address: 418 East Main St, Springerville (museum and visitor center)An ancient pueblo archaeological site, with remains of an astronomical calendar, a great kiva, stairs, and petroglyphs. Tours start from the museum in Springerville.
phone: +1 928-467-2241address: 26260 N AZ Hwy 188 #2This park contains well-preserved Salado cliff dwellings, Guided tours to the Upper Cliff Dwellings are offered from Nov-Apr; reservations required (tel. 928-467-2241). A museum and bookshop are on-site.
phone: +1 928-476-4202address: Hwy 87The largest natural travertine bridge in the world.
phone: +1 520-689-2811address: 37615 US 60, SuperiorArizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Walking tours and lectures are held here, along with occasional photography workshops.
phone: +1 928-338-4525address: Hwy 73This 288-acre National Historic District encompasses the remains of Fort Apache, as well as Kinishba Ruins, a sprawling Zuni and Hope site abandoned around 1400 CE. Also on site is the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center and Museum.
Salt River Canyon WildernessA deep river canyon, managed by the Tonto National Forest. There are no maintained trails, although the wilderness can be visited anytime. There are 27 sets of rapids and many side creeks, and white-water rafting and kayaking is popular during the spring. From March 1 - May 15 river-running permits are required; group size is limited to 15 people.
phone: +1 520-689-5800address: 1111 US 60, SuperiorSimple country fare, popular with locals.