What's Happening in Greenlee County?
More and more people are discovering the many rich and varied scenic and recreational delights to be found in Greenlee County and have become increasingly important as a travel attraction in Arizona. You can experience dramatic environmental changes ranging from the cacti of the upper Sonoran desert to spectacular and sweeping slopes of mountains covered with pine, fir, and aspen. In recent years, more people are discovering the many rich and varied scenic and recreational delights to be found here.
As of the 2000 census its population was 8,547. The county seat is Clifton. Greenlee County covers over 1800 square miles. From the beautiful desert at the southern tip to the high alpine country at Hanagan Meadow at 8000+ feet, the drive up the Coronado Trail is spectacular. Allow 4 hours to properly appreciate. Do lots of stopping. Enjoy.
Local Hot Spots
Apache National Forest in the northern half of the county is home to deer, elk, antelope and bear. Hannagan Meadow. At 9,092 feet, and the Blue Range Primitive Area are popular for hunters and campers. The famed Coronado Trail (U.S. 191) twists and turns 117 miles from Clifton north to Springerville in Apache County and affords breathtaking, panoramic views. Bear Wallow Wilderness is in the upper northwestern corner of Greenlee County. The wilderness covers 11,000 acres and is a great place to try your line at trout fishing or your boots along one of the many hiking trails. Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area begins near the Old Safford Bridge and follows the Gila River southwest. Visitors come to see the wildlife and take a trip down the river.