St. Johns Arizona
St. Johns, is ideally located for a variety of activities in the White
Mountains. St. Johns lays claim to a high quality of life for a community its
size and offers a wide range of community facilities. There are city parks, a
library, a museum, a recreation center, swimming pool, lighted tennis and
handball courts, and a Little League park. Within 15 minutes of St. Johns,
golfers can enjoy 18 holes at the Concho Valley
Golf Course, one of six courses
in the White Mountain area.
The Capital of the White Mountains, St.
Johns is the hub of equine activities throughout the spring and summer months.
The St. Johns Equestrian
Center is becoming one of the premier equestrian centers in the Southwest.
The center is centrally located for horses and riders from Arizona, New Mexico,
Colorado, Nevada, and Southern California. St. Johns is perfect for equestrian
competition and plays host to local, regional, and southwest area events in
both Western and English riding styles. Rodeo, show rings, dressage rings, a
covered sales arena, and equipment are available for leasing. RV facilities and
stabling for over 150 horses are located on the center grounds.
Lyman Lake State Park, just
south of St. Johns, is the most versatile water recreation site in the northern
portion of the state. Lyman Lake offers launch ramps and a boat dock. There are
no boat size restrictions. Water skiing in uncrowded surroundings, wind
surfing, sailing, and swimming beaches offer water enthusiasts a wide range of
activities. Great fishing, along with hiking trails (including one that takes
you on a petroglyph tour) are appealing to outdoor enthusiasts. Full service RV
hook-ups, and campsites with showers and restrooms are available. A herd of
buffalo roaming over 100 acres of rolling hills are one of the unique
attractions you will find at Lyman Lake State Park.
One of the
finest museums in the White Mountains is located in St. Johns. The Apache
County Historical Society Museum houses a variety of displays, including a
set of prehistoric Wooly Mammoth tusks and a camels leg bone--both estimated to
be approximately 24,000 years old!
If you enjoy picnicking, you will
find St. Johns City Park is a jewel in the White Mountains. The park is
located in the heart of St. Johns on six acres of rolling hills. The park
offers covered ramadas, racquetball and tennis courts, plus a large outdoor
St. Johns is a city with something for everyone. Annual events
include: Buffalo Daze, San Juan Fiesta, Fourth of July Celebration, Pioneer
Days, St. Johns SummerFest (crafts/auto shows), Apache County Fair, and
The shortest and most scenic route from Phoenix to Albuquerque is
through St. Johns. The Petrified Forest National Park, about 43 miles NW of St.
Johns, contains the largest and most spectacular forest of petrified logs on
earth. Adjacent to the Petrified Forest is the famous Painted Desert. The Blue
Hills (about three miles north of St. Johns) have interesting formations or
layers of blue, red, and white painted desert clay. Agate beds and dinosaur
teeth have been found in the vicinity. Of particular interest are the
prehistoric dwellings, petroglyph trails and archaeological programs for
excavation opportunities. Recently an archaeological corridor was completed.
Within an hour's drive are the Apache, Zuni, and Navajo reservations.
Less than an hour's drive south of St. Johns is the
Apache Sitgreaves National
Forest. The Forest contains many primitive areas, rivers,
hunting, and fishing are
ideal activities in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.
For further information, contact:
City of St. Johns
P.O. Box 445
245 West 1st.
St. Johns, AZ 85936
Apache County Economic Security (ACES)
75 West Cleveland Street
St. Johns, AZ 85936
All information supplied by the Arizona Department of Commerce.