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Butterfly LodgeApproximately 11 miles west of Springerville on State Route 260, turn south onto State Route 373 and drive 5 miles to Greer
Built in 1914, the Butterfly Lodge was home to Western writer James Willard Schultz and his artist son, Lone Wolf. Schultz named his lodge for the numerous butterflies in nearby meadows, and today, the museum pays tribute to these two men who told of the West with words and images. See the original furnishings, artifacts and a display of their works. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Information: 928-735-7514; www.wmonline.com/butterflylodge.htm
Fort Apache Historic ParkState Route 60 to Carrizo. Then take SR 73 to Fort Apache. The Fort is approximately 22 miles from the turnoff.
During Geronimo and Victorio's final uprisings, Army troops and Apache scouts rode out from Fort Apache to try and subdue the rebel Apaches. Today, explore officers' row and the commanding officers' quarters, where General George Crook directed operations.
Information: 928-338-1392; www.wmonline.com/attract/ftapache.htm
Little House MuseumState Route 60 to SR 260. The museum is three miles south of SR 260 on South Fork Road
On the property of the X Diamond Ranch, this not-so-little museum consists of a number of historical buildings, including an 1890s granary. Heirlooms and working nickelodeons help tell the story of 19th century pioneers.
Information: 928-333-2286; www.xdiamondranch.com
Casa Malpais Visitor Center and Museum, Casa Malpais Archeological Park318 E. Main St., Springerville
Built by the Mogollon Indians more than 800 years ago, Casa Malpais was one of the first major settlements on the upper Little Colorado River. Tours of the site must be arranged at the visitors center and museum in Springerville. The 1.5-mile guided walk takes visitors through this ancient village of the ruins of 50 to 60 rooms, including a great kiva and astrological observatory. Petroglyphs, shrines and a network of burial catacombs tell the story of the Mogollon culture.
Information: 928-333-5375; www.centerfordesertarchaeology.org/visit/casa_malpais.html
Kinishba Ruins, Fort ApacheState Route 60 to Carrizo. Then take SR 73 to Fort Apache.
Although visitors cannot enter this unstable ruin, the walk around the perimeter provides a fascinating view of two large pueblos built by prehistoric tribes. Check in with the White Mountain Cultural Center prior to visiting the ruins.
Information: 928-338-1230; www.wmonline.com/attract/ftapache/kinishba.htm
Alchesay/Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery9 miles north of White River, Alchesay station; 9 miles east of State Route 73 on Indian Route 71, Williams Creek station
This two-station hatchery is best known for its role in the recovery of the threatened Apache trout, but also raises rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout for release in lakes, rivers and streams across Arizona. Visitors can tour the grounds and see trout of all sizes in the holding tanks fed by an underground water flow of the White River. The tall pines provide a perfect picnic setting, and interpretive displays help visitors understand the complexities of raising trout.
Information: 520-338-4901or 520-334-2346; www.wmonline.com/attract/alchesay.htm
San Carlos Indian Reservation
The San Carlos Apache Culture CenterFrom Globe, take U.S. Route 70 to Milepost 272
The San Carlos Apache Cultural Center exhibits items that tell the story of the San Carlos Apache Indians, their spiritual beginnings and rich traditions that still survive today. Visitors can gander at peridot jewelry, paintings, sculptures and burden baskets crafted by renowned Apache Indian artists.
Information: 928-475-2894; www.sancarlosapache.com/San_Carlos_Culture_Center.htm
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