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Facts About the San Carlos Indian Reservation

The San Carlos Indian Reservation is home to the Apache. The San Carlos Apache Tribe is a family-friendly community that is 90 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona, and has something to offer for everyone. There is fun at the casino including restaurants or you can enjoy some fresh air with a game of golf, hiking, camping, hunting, or fishing. 

Apache Gold Casino Resort Golf Course
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The Apache are descendants of the Athabascan family who migrated to the Southwest in the 10th century. Over a period of time, many bands of Apache have been relocated to the reservation from their traditional homelands from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico, and California. The San Carlos Apache Reservation was established by executive order on November 9, 1871. The San Carlos Apache tribal lands encompass 1.8 million acres of breathtaking land that’s traverse going across three regions of desert, plateau, and mountain country landscapes.

San Carlos Mountains
Photo Credit: San Carlos Apache Tribe Facebook

When you visit the reservation, be sure to stop by the San Carlos Apache Culture Center located in Peridot, Arizona on Highway 70, at mile marker 272 on the north side. The Cultural Center is home to over 15,000 members of various bands of Apache. There you can see Peridot jewelry, paintings, carvings, sculptures, and books full of the rich history of the Apache. You will have the opportunity to meet community representatives, “Mountain People” who are descendants of the ancients, Nde, “The People” in person.  The Nde are a unique culture and people living in what we call The Beauty Way, “Walking in Beauty”. There is so much information and a wealth of knowledge that awaits you here at the San Carlos Apache Culture Center. 

San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife
Photo Credit: San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife Department Facebook

Be sure to check out the Apache Gold Casino & Resort which is open twenty-four hours a day, every day. It features state-of-the-art reel and video slot machines as well as bingo and table games. Stay and play some rounds of golf at the Apache Stronghold Golf Course at the Apache Gold Casino & Resort. This golf course was ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the top golf courses in Arizona and includes a large putting green and a grass range, a pro shop as well as a snack area and lounge. For more information on Apache Gold Casino & Resort click here.

Apache Gold Casino
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Calling all fishermen, the four lakes of the San Carlos Recreation and Wildlife Department are extraordinary and one-of-a-kind! They feature trophy largemouth bass as well as brown and rainbow trout. Bird watching and wildlife photography activities are also available. Be sure to pick up a permit for fishing, hunting, or camping through their website,, or at their office on Highway 70 Old Moonbase Road Peridot Arizona. 85550.

The time is now to come experience and explore the San Carlos Indian Reservation. The adventure awaits you to make new memories!

The Great Seal of San Carlos Indian Reservation Apache Tribe

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