If you want to learn more about the Apaches, drive south from Pinetop-Lakeside to the Apache Cultural Center & Museum (tel. 928/338-4625; http://wmat.us/wmaculture.shtml), in the town of Fort Apache, which was established in 1870 by the U.S. government. The cultural center, approximately 22 miles south of Pinetop on Ariz. 73, includes a museum with small but informative exhibits on Apache culture. Outside the cultural center and down a short trail is a re-creation of a traditional Apache village. The cultural center is open Monday through Friday (plus Sat in summer) from 8am to 5pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for children 6 and under. The cultural center is on the grounds of a former Indian school that is now called the Fort Apache Historic Park and includes more than 20 historic buildings, but don't expect to see a Hollywood-style fort. The park is more of a collection of aging historic buildings.
Also in this area are the Kinishba Ruins. This 200-room pueblo ruin is more than 1,000 years old and was visited by Coronado when he passed through in search of the Seven Cities of Cíbola. Get directions to the ruins at the Cultural Center.
For more information on visiting the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, contact the White Mountain Apache Tribe Office of Tourism (tel. 877/338-9628; http://wmat.us/tourism.shtml), which is located in General Crook's cabin in Fort Apache Historic Park.
If you're looking for something to do after dark, head out to the Hon-Dah Casino, 777 Ariz. 260 (tel. 800/929-8744 or 928/369-0299; www.hon-dah.com), owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. It's open daily round-the-clock and is at the junction of Ariz. 73 and Ariz. 260, about 4 miles east of Pinetop-Lakeside.
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