Located on U.S. Highways 180 & 191, Alpine, Arizona can be reached from Phoenix, Tucson, and El Paso in about 5 hours, or Albuquerque in about 4 hours.
Alpine is a mountain community at the eastern end of the White Mountains. Surrounded by Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and near the headwaters of the San Francisco River, Alpine is six miles from the New Mexico state line. Its high meadows are surrounded by majestic peaks, including Escudilla Mountain (10,877 ft.) which is covered with tall pines and aspen. The area, also called Bush Valley, was settled in 1876 by Anderson Bush, owner of a log house known as Fort Bush. In 1880, Mormon settlers built a log fort about a mile southeast of Alpine.
Local annual events include dog-sled races in January, worm races in July, and the "Four Corners Chili Cookoff" in August.
Alpine offers a broad range of community facilities including a library, a country club, and a golf course (open April through November). For snow enthusiasts, Alpine has a winter sports recreation area with maintained cross country ski trails and designated snowmobiling and sledding areas. Alpine also has a county-owned public library located on state Highway 180.
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Located two miles east of the junction of U.S. 191 and 180 in Alpine. This course is known as the ''Alps" of Arizona, for it is the highest golf course in the southwest at 8,500 feet above sea level. Seasonal golfers meander down fairways that are surrounded by dense groves of aspen trees, blue spruce, and ponderosa pines. It is a magnificent setting and the one of the coolest summer golf courses in the west. Guests are welcome. (928) 339-4944
The Apache-Sitgreaves Forest contains wilderness & primitive areas. Within a 30-mile radius there are 11 lakes and more than 200 miles of trout streams. Recreational opportunities include fishing,camping, hiking, rock-hounding, horseback riding, & big game hunting. Developed campsites are available at Luna Lake & the Alpine Divide; additional campgrounds are found on the black River & Blue River. Luna Lake is a wildlife refuge home to bald & golden eagles, swans & geese. An Audubon Refuge is at the Luce Ranch on the Blue River. Alpine's Forest Service Ranger Station has a herbarium with hundreds of area wildflowers. The Blue River area is where the nearly extinct Mexican Grey Wolves were re-introduced to the wild.