Photo: A. Sofronie
The 2018 Annual Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Society will be returning to the White Mountains of eastern Arizona this summer. Chad Hyatt, professional chef and mushroom fanatic, will be coming back from California to show us more of his fantastic recipes, and teach us how to use some of the less prized but more common species of fungi that we can expect to find more easily after our dry winter.
Registration for this event is not yet open. When it does open, probably in June, spaces will be limited by Forest Service regulations, so please sign up promptly on this page. We expect to have a waiting list, so please be courteous to your fellow members and cancel your registration promptly if you can't come.
- Friday evening reception, August 10 - 6:00 pm to ???, Rode Inn
- Saturday foray, August 11 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Saturday cooking demo, August 11 - 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Rode Inn
- Sunday August 12 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
FORAY DESTINATION: Our foray will take place on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.
ALTERNATE DATE: In case of poor conditions throughout the state, the event will be held August 24-26 instead.
ALTERNATE DESTINATION: In case of poor conditions only in the White Mountains, but good conditions elsewhere, the alternate destination will be either Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim.
GO/NO-GO DECISION DATE: Final determination of our destination and date will be made late in the day on Wednesday, August 8, and posted to the AMS web site and Facebook page.
FORAY MEETING PLACE: Safeway parking lot, north end.
203 S. Mountain Ave., Springerville. (click for Google map)
FORAY CAPTAIN: Chris May
LOCAL SCOUTS: TBA
FORAY MYCOLOGIST: TBA
GUEST SPEAKER: Chad Hyatt, chef
MYCOLOGY SKILL LEVEL: General/All
THEME: Education, Identification, Edibles
PHYSICAL FITNESS LEVEL: Gentle. You should be able to walk a mile or two on flat ground or shallow slopes at 9000 feet of altitude.
VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS: Any vehicle will do, but high clearance is recommended
MEETUP FORUM: TBA
On Friday evening, 8/10, those arriving the day before are invited for snacks and drinks at the Rode Inn in Springerville. We will meet at around 6:00 pm. BYOB. There will be a stove and skillet for those who wish to cook and sample anything edible they have discovered on the way up -- at your own risk of course; do not count on a qualified mushroom identifier being present.
Chef Chad Hyatt will give a cooking demonstration 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday evening at the meeting room of the Rode Inn. Bring edible discoveries to share (again at your own risk.)
EXPECTED WEATHER: TBA
LODGING: Traditionally, our annual forays have been based at the Rode Inn in Springerville. It is clean and comfortable, but not plush. Ask for the AMS group discount to save a bit off the already-modest room rates.
There are several other hotels and motels in the Springerville/Eagar area, as well as the Greer Lodge and many other lodges and private cabins in Greer for those who don't mind paying extra for more luxury, a shady forest, or a fishing hole.
The Sunrise Park Resort on the Apache Indian reservation, where we held our 2017 NAMA Regional Foray, may also appeal to some members. Keep in mind that it is even more spartan than the Rode Inn, and no mushroom hunting is allowed on the Reservation lands around it.
There are RV parks at multiple locations in Springerville and Eagar, including the Cedar Court and Springerville RV Parks, as well as parks in Greer, Pinetop, and Alpine.
The Forest Service has multiple developed campgrounds at Big Lake, as well as the Benny Creek and Hoyer campgrounds at Greer and the Winn campground near Sheeps Crossing, among others. Reservations are strongly recommended. There is also plenty of unimproved dispersed camping along dirt roads in the more remote parts of the forest.