Directions to Alpine, Arizona
Alpine, Arizona located in the heart of the White Mountains is the nearest town to the Blue River Wilderness Retreat. You can stop and fill-up your car with gasoline, or grab a few last minute groceries in the town’s small market. Just before the town’s only stop sign, you can drop into the Forest Service for excellent regional information and maps for hikers, fishers, and sightseers alike.
Blue River Wilderness Retreat
Directions from Alpine, Arizona
At the junction of Highways 180 and 191 in Alpine, go east for approximately 3 miles on Highway 180 toward New Mexico.
Your will see Luna Lake on your left. Turn right at the green highway sign on your left that points south and indicates Blue River.
This road is Apache County Rd # 2104 (National Forest Road 281). You will stay on this road for approximately 9.5 miles. It is paved for about the first mile. After that it is a good dirt road. (note: mile markers begin with mile marker 5 once you enter Greenlee County and the road number changes to Greenlee County Rd #67004. There are no mile markers 1 through 4 while you are in Apache County.)
After about 9.5 miles you will see a group of mailboxes on your left and a road marker for National Forest Road 16. Turn left on 16. (You have missed Forest Road 16 if you see the green highway mile marker 10.)
About ½ mile down Forest Road 16 the road forks. Take the right fork into Don and Janie Hoffman’s Blue River Wilderness Retreat.