County was carved from Yavapai County — one Arizona's original four
counties — on February 24, 1879, by the 10th Territorial Legislative
Assembly. Leaders of St. Johns and Globe had petitioned for their
towns to be the county seat, but the honor went temporarily to
Snowflake, with the provision that an election would determine the
permanent county seat. In November 1879, on the strength of votes from
the mining town of Clifton (now in Greenlee County), St. Johns was
designated the county seat.
The forested White Mountains and green pastures in the south of the
county contrast sharply with the high, dry, colorful plateau region of
the north. Excellent fishing, hunting and skiing make the White
Mountains a year-round recreation area. Numerous archaeological sites
are open to the public.
Apache County are the spectacular Petrified Forest National Park and
the Painted Desert, Window Rock, the Navajo tribal capital, and Casa
Malpais Archaeological site. The Apache Indian Reservation, located in
the White Mountains around the settlement of Fort Apache, includes 25
excellent fishing lakes and the Sunrise park Ski Resort for outdoor
recreation, as well as a highly successful lumber mill and a casino.
National Park is
a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park
is located in northeast Arizona and features one of the world's
largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. Also
included in the park's 93,533 acres are the multi-hued badlands of the
Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures,
archeological sites and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils.