Eastern Arizona Sights

San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation

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Published 11/18/2015

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Established in 1871 for various Apache tribes, the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation covers 1.8 million acres southeast of Salt River Canyon. One-third of the reservation is covered with forest, and the rest is desert. The San Carlos Apaches number about 12,500 and are noted for their beadwork and basketry. Peridot, a beautiful yellow-green stone resembling the emerald, is mined near the town of the same name and made into jewelry. You need a permit to stop and visit the reservation's attractions; pick one up at the office 1½ miles east of the AZ 170 junction for San Carlos (closed on Sunday).

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Off AZ 170, San Carlos, Arizona, 85550, USA


928-475–2361-for tribal offices

Published 11/18/2015


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