Welcome to Eagar, Arizona!- Where Roads Hit the Trails.
Nestled at the base of the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona, the Town of Eagar serves as a central point to the region's recreational opportunities. Whether it's the winter skiing, fall colors, warm spring weather, or cool summer nights, Eagar is a natural choice for tourists. A low crime rate, small town atmosphere, easy access to major transportation hubs, and an affordable quality of life make Eagar a popular choice for small business expansion or relocation.
Four Seasons of Wonder...
highlight the quality of life that is experienced in the Town of Eagar. From skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobile rides, to camping, hunting, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and mountain biking—nowhere can you experience cleaner air and cool summer breezes.
A Rich History
In the late 1800’s the Eagar family homesteaded this part of northeastern Arizona among the tall ponderosa pines. Central to several small homesteads, the town was formed under the name "Union" as a symbol of the unity among the small settlements in the area. Incorporated in 1948, the town changed its name back to Eagar in honor of the original homesteaders. Along with its neighbor Springerville, the two communities are collectively known as Round Valley.
At an elevation of 7,000 feet, Eagar lies at the crossroads of several major thoroughfares in northeastern Arizona. Today, natural resources are still a part of the community’s industries. Two power plants and the timber-related industry form a substantial portion of the town’s employment base, while ranching, retail, and industries in support of the popular tourist trade help to diversify the town’s economy.
And it’s no wonder that tourism is a large part of Eagar: with over 2 million acres in the adjoining Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, numerous lakes and miles of pristine trout streams, tourists from Arizona and New Mexico flock to Eagar each year. Combined with winter skiing, sledding, and sight-seeing, it’s no wonder why Eagar has become a popular tourist destination.
Eagar, like all of Southern Apache County, is a designated Enterprise Zone, which can mean substantial tax savings for businesses expanding or relocating in the region.
Getting to Eagar
The Town of Eagar is located in the northeastern portion of Arizona, approximately 18 miles west of the Arizona-New Mexico border, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. St. Johns is accessed from the north via Interstate 40 (approximately 80 miles) or from the south through our neighbor Springerville (approximately 2 miles). Eagar is approximately 4 hours from Phoenix through the tall pines and majestic view of the Mogollon Rim, or 4 hours from Flagstaff through the scenic southwestern scenery of the Painted Desert and Navajo Nation.
Many visitors to Eagar prefer the scenic view through Payson, enjoying the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world. Starting from Phoenix along State Route 87 to Payson, take State Route 260 along the Mogollon Rim to Show Low. Continue heading east along U.S. 60 to Springerville, then turn south along State Route 81 to Eagar. An alternative route from Phoenix takes visitors through the communities of Globe and Miami, (the Cobre, or copper valley) where the heart of Arizona's rich copper mining began.
Heading east along Interstate 40, you'll pass through the communities of Winslow and Holbrook, famous for their proximity to popular attractions such as Meteor Crater, the Petrified Forest, and the Painted Desert. Turn south at Holbrook, and then follow State Route 180 into Eagar, a little more than an hour's drive away.
From New Mexico...
Heading west along Interstate 40, you'll cross the border between Arizona and New Mexico, and turn south on State Route 666 at Sanders, and Eagar is a pleasant 1.5 hour drive through St. Johns, along the high desert of Northeastern Arizona.
Interested in moving your family or company to our community? You'll find abundant opportunities and a small town atmosphere to grow a business or a home. Click here to visit the Economic Development Corporation for Apache County, our non-profit economic development arm for more information!
Eagar At A Glance
Quick facts about the Town of Eagar:
A variety of weather conditions can affect travel in and around the White Mountains. The Town of Eagar sits at an elevation of 7,090 ft.
Lowest Monthly Average: 21º F
Highest Monthly Average: 78º F
Hottest Month: August
Coldest Month: December
Driest Month: October
Wettest Month: August
Average Annual Precipitation: 15.34"
Founded 1888 - Incorporated 1948
Elevation: 7,090 ft.
Location: East central Arizona on the northeast slopes of the White Mountains, 15 miles west of the New Mexico state border, 220 miles East of Phoenix off U.S. Highway 60.
Population: 4,885 (2010 Census Figures)
Education: (1) Primary School, (1) Elementary School, (1) Middle School, (1) High School,
Top Industries: Forest Products, Agriculture, livestock, tourism and recreation
Major Employers: Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power, USDA Forest Service, Round Valley Unified School District
Area Key Attractions:
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Big Lake, Crescent Lake, Greer Lakes, Nelson Reservoir, Lyman Lake, Sunrise Lake, Luna Lake
Casa Malpais Ruins
Sunrise Ski Resort
Activities include hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, camping, backpacking, horseback riding, sightseeing, snowmobiling, ATV trails, down hill and cross-country snow skiing, historical site tours
4th of July Celebration and Rodeo
ATV Outlaw Trail Jamboree
Christmas Electric Light Parade
P.O. Box 1300
Eagar, AZ 85925