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Apache Trail Scenic Drive

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Apache Trail, AZ 85117
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The existing Apache Trail in Arizona is a 120 mile circle route through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Native American Indians who originally used this trail to migrate through the Superstition Mountains for over 1,000 years. The current Apache Trail links Apache Junction at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Theodore Roosevelt Lake, through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest. Today, much of the Apache Trail is paved, and the section east of Apache Junction is known officially as State Route 88. It is also the main traffic corridor through Apache Junction, turning into Main Street as the road passes into Mesa, and regains the Apache name by becoming Apache Boulevard in Tempe, ending at Mill Avenue. Prior to the completion of the Superstition Freeway in 1992, the Apache Junction portion of the Apache Trail was part of US Highway 60, which was rerouted to the Superstition Freeway once it was completed. The Trail winds steeply through 40 miles (64 km) of rugged desert mountains, past deep reservoir lakes like Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. The narrow, winding road is unpaved from just east of the town of Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt Dam; there are steep cliff drops and little in the way of safety barriers. The trail requires caution when driving and it is not recommended for large RVs, SUVs, or caravans. Some large RV rental companies in the US do not allow their vehicles to be taken on this route. Originally, and more historically correct, Apache Trail was built as a wagon route for the construction of Roosevelt Dam from 1902-1909 and was originally called the "Mesa to Roosevelt Road." Roosevelt, Fish Creek Station, Tortilla Flat Station, Mormon Flat Flat Station, Pinto Creek and Youngsberg aka Goldfield are just a few of the many historic landmarks along the America's oldest highway, the Apache Trail. As the old Southern Pacific Railroad used to say, "Every mile a scene worth while! Sunshine all the way!"
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"roosevelt dam"
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"tortilla flats"
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"dirt road"
in 67 reviews
"goldfield ghost town"
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"one lane bridges"
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"day trip"
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"hairpin turns"
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"superstition mountains"
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"phoenix area"
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"full tank of gas"
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"unpaved section"
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"single lane"
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"road turns"
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"pavement ends"
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"fish creek"
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"great drive"
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"take your time"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Highway 88 is the most scenic portion of the drive. It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns. The road starts off paved. Driving the paved portion is worth the...More

Thank Eric B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling the Apache Trail has to be one of the best scenic drives in the American West. This is where you can truly get to see and understand the desert in all its dry and cactus dotted glory. Every Western movie you’ve ever seen comes...More

Thank Gary A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Apchei trail was the best. Great seenory. The drive was mostly on dirt road but no big deal and well worth it. My wife was surprised from when she read that the roads were bad to what we saw. She said that she could drive...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We read reviews about this drive... and are glad we went ahead with it. To us it was the most exciting part of pur trip to Sedona, Grand Canyon and surrounding area. The breathtaking views were completely worth the bumpy ride. Yes the road turns...More

Thank lovetheflkeys
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Beautiful drive but nerve racking going from the Dam to Apache Junction. Would love to stay at Roosevelt lake and rent a boat.

Thank Carolyn T
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Excellent place to drive from Phoenix, not far at all, in few hours one can drive and see magnificent cactus, lakes and mountains

Thank Prakash L
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful... Worth doing it once. You don't need 4 wheel drive, but make sure you have good brakes. Lots of steep curves and only 1 lane, so be curtious as traffic is going both ways.

Thank Kristin B
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

If you haven't driven this Rd you really should...but really only once. You see a lot of the Az lakes and landscape with the unique "Fish Creek Hill". You can make several stops along the way to break up the long dirt rd. Totally derivable...More

1  Thank Bill85210
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

My husband and I had so much fun following this trail. History is literally speaking to you! Great adventure! Would do it again!

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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Have a great time this afternoon with our family on the Apache Trail. We took two vehicles ( both chevy tahoe's 4x4 ). You don't necessarily need 4 wheel drive to do this trek. I wouldn't recommend an RV or a small vehicle though !...More

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Cheri C
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Sue T
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Response from Garry M | Reviewed this property |
Probably about a 2 1/2 to 3 hour round trip from Apache Junction return. Kind of depends what you're driving too.
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