The mountain community of Alpine, Arizona (image center), can be found in the midst of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Situated at the eastern end of the White Mountains and near the headwaters of the San Francisco River, Alpine is the highest town in Arizona at an elevation of 8,050 feet. The town was settled in 1876. Just east of Alpine, close to the New Mexico border, Luna Lake is visible. The wetlands surrounding the lake house a wildlife refuge for bald and golden eagles.
This perspective image was created by joining Landsat 7 data and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data. The Landsat 7 image was acquired on September 12, 2000 and combines ETM+ spectral bands 7, 4, and 2 as well as the panchromatic band.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory
The most striking feature is Roosevelt Lake, an artificial lake created by the construction of Roosevelt Dam across the Salt River. The National Monument is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, which includes low plains, desert scrubland, and alpine pine forests.
This isolated community near the northern Arizona border is of special interest because of its origin and location. Unlike other towns in the area, Page was created in 1957 to house workers and their families during the construction of nearby Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Its 17-square-mile site was obtained in a land exchange with the Navajo Indian tribe. The town is perched atop Manson Mesa at an elevation of 4,300 feet above sea level and 600 feet above Lake Powell.