and Overgaard, in northeastern Arizona (are) in Navajo County. Situated
Sitgreaves National Forest
north of the Mogollon Rim, their elevations range from 6,435 feet in
Heber to 6,620 feet in Overgaard. Both are unincorporated. The
communities are reached by taking state Highway 87 to Payson (north from
Phoenix or south from Interstate 40), and continuing east via state
the Mormon migration in 1876 and 1877, the Little Colorado River
settlements were established. James E. Shelley and Sanford Porter, Jr.
founded Heber in 1883. Heber was named after Heber J. Grant, a prominent
member of the Mormon Church. The post office in Heber was established in
1890 by James E. Shelley.
Overgaard, adjoining Heber, was originally called Oklahoma Flat and was
later named after the first sawmill owner. The post office in Overgaard
was established in 1938.
Heber/Overgaard area is surrounded by many year-round recreational
opportunities and points of scenic interest. Immediately south of Heber
and Overgaard is the Mogollon Rim, a steep escarpment ranging from 1,000
to 2,000 feet from the base to the highest plateau. The Rim divides the
northern plateau region from the lower central and southern areas. The
Rim offers many exceptional views and numerous man-made lakes ideal for
boating and other water sports.
for elk, deer, turkey, antelope and bear is permitted. Fishing in nearby
trout streams in popular. There are also extensive picnic and camping
facilities available within the area. Other scenic attractions in the
area include Chevelon Canyon Dam, the Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery,
Chevelon Butte, and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.