is nestled in a wooded valley (Black Canyon) at 6,500 feet near the edge of the Colorado Plateau of north central Arizona; the land falls away steeply ten miles south at the Mogollon Rim
. To the north, the plains slope much more gently, becoming treeless and desert-like about a third of the way along Hwy 377 to Holbrook
, the nearest large city. Other routes into Heber are Hwy 277 from Snowflake, Hwy 260 from Show Low
and Hwy 260 from Payson
. The community is now known officially as Heber-Overgaard
, incorporating an adjacent settlement just to the east, where most of the limited selection of shops and restaurants are found. The town is named after Heber J Grant, the seventh president of the Mormon church, who stayed at this location for a short time in 1882, as a guest of one of the pioneer settlers.
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