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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Apacheria

Picture of General Crook's Log Cabin
General Crook's Log Cabin
Fort Apache Historic Park
P.O. Box 628
Fort Apache, Arizona 85926
Phone: 928-338-1392

On May 16, 1870, an army post was established near the present town of Whiteriver in order to assist the White Mountain Apache Tribe to peacefully protect their lands. That same month, the post and surrounding area was designated as a reservation for the tribe.

Located in the heart of Apache country, Fort Apache was an isolated outpost of Anglo expansion. Today it recalls a turbulent period of both conflict and cooperation between representatives of the United States and the various bands of the Western Apaches.

Fort Apache is perhaps most widely recognized in association with the famous renegade leaders from various Apache bands, such as Geronimo and Cochise, who were pursued by the soldiers from Fort Apache and the White Mountain Apache Scouts, including Chiefs Alchise and Diable. It was these men who were instrumental in bringing a lasting peace to the Southwest.

Today, visitors may stroll through old Fort Apache with the aid of a self-guided walking tour or a guided tour. Over twenty buildings dating from the 1870s through the 1930s comprise the 288-acre historic site. Also located on the premises are prehistoric ruins, prehistoric and historic petroglyphs, the old military cemetary, the Apache Culture Center, and a recreated Apache Village.


Fort Apache is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Apache is situated four miles south of Whiteriver, Arizona (headquarters of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.) To get to Fort Apache, take State Highway 73 east from Carrizo or south from Pinetop. The Fort is approximately 22 miles from the turnoff.

Culture Center Visiting Hours

Monday - Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
June - August.
Winter - Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
For information call (928) 338-4625
Closed On All Major Holidays.

Call for information: The Office of Tourism (928) 338-1230

Communities and Related Links
Fort Apache Siege
Fort Apache Web Site
White Mountain Apache Tribe

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