Retire In St Johns AZ

If you are looking for a small, friendly town located in the Arizona desert, St Johns AZ may be the place for you.

Centrally located in the White Mountains of Arizona, St. Johns offers a high quality of life for a community of its size.

St. Johns is located in a rather remote area of Arizona. Actually, the nearest large city is Coconino, Arizona, which is over 129 miles away.

Also, the nearest hospital is the White Mountain Communities Hospital, which is located 30 miles away in Springerville, Arizona.

However, there is a small regional airport located in St. Johns - the St. Johns Industrial Air Park Airport.

But if you are looking to get away from the hustle of big city life, this may just be the best retirement town for you.

Things To Enjoy

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There are many outdoor and indoor activities for you to enjoy in St Johns.

Some of the community highlights are:

  • The Concho Valley Golf Course – This is a year-round, 18-hole golf course.
  • Lyman Lake State Park – Lyman Lake is so large that there are no restriction on boat size. You can go water skiing, wind surfing, sailing, and swimming on the beautiful beaches.
  • The Apache County Historical Society Museum, located in St. Johns, is one of the finest museums in the White Mountains. The rich history of the area is preserved in the museum.
  • Local events include: Buffalo Daze, San Juan Fiesta, Pioneer Days, St. Johns SummerFest, The Apache County Fair.
  • The St. Johns Equestrian Center is one of the premier centers in the Southwest. The area is perfect for equestrian competition.
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  • The Apache, Zuni, and Navajo reservations are less than an hour's drive from St Johns AZ.

Petrified Forest National Park

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Located 43 miles northwest of St Johns is the Petrified Forest National Park. This is the largest forest of petrified logs on earth.

The Painted Desert is adjacent to the Petrified Forest.

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Apache-Sitegreaves National Forest

Enjoy the spectacular vistas and wildlife in the Apache-Sitegreaves National Forest. The scenery is some of the most spectacular in the Southwest.

The forest is a a great place to go for relief from the summer heat. Activities include, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting and fishing.

The forest becomes a snow paradise during the winter months. During this time you can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.


If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, the friendly, tranquil town of St Johns AZ is an excellent choice for retirees.



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