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Apache Trail Scenic Drive

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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“tortilla flats” (183 reviews)
“dirt road” (63 reviews)
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

This was the worst ride of my entire life! I was scared to death and had several panic attacks on this journey! NEVER EVER AGAIN IN MY WHOLE LIFE WILL I MAKE THIS TRIP!

3  Thank HansiH71
Apache T, Public Relations Manager at Apache Trail Scenic Drive, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

What was it about the ride you did not like? The views on this road are one of the most spectacular in the state of Arizona.

Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is a must do if you love nature and scenic views. In my opinion every bit as breathtaking as the Gran Canyon. Its a crazy drive on a narrow dirt road but so breathtaking. Make sure your driver is up for the challenge. That...More

Thank cocogirl22
Apache T, Manager at Apache Trail Scenic Drive, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

So glad you enjoyed the Apache Trail! Be sure to download our map next time on our website or Facebook page! Apache Trail thanks you!

Reviewed 9 May 2017

I went west to east, from Tortilla flats to Roosevelt. I did the ride on an adventure motorcycle. The scenery was amazing, but the road was really rough most of the way. It was all washboard and in need of grading. I had a nice...More

Thank Chad T
Apache T, Public Relations Manager at Apache Trail Scenic Drive, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

The road is usually graded by AZDOT regularly but once it rains the road washes out in certain sections until they do their regular grading. I do suggest taking a SUV or 4x4 for a more comfortable and safe ride. You sure are an adventurous...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

We had no idea, this scenic drive is so beautiful and has so many different things to see and experience..... Glad we went on the drive. We wish we had more time. At a minimum you need 4 hours to do a nice portion of...More

2  Thank GCV1
Apache T, Public Relations Manager at Apache Trail Scenic Drive, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for touring the Apache Trail! You can download our map on our website and Facebook page!

Reviewed 4 May 2017

Driving along AZ 88 is a great way to spend a day admiring vistas that remind you of the scenery in an Old Western movie. You will see every kind of cactus - many were blooming this time of year. But it's the landscape that...More

Thank Vera H
Apache T, Public Relations Manager at Apache Trail Scenic Drive, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thank you for touring the Apache Trail! You can download our map on our website and Facebook page!

Reviewed 1 May 2017

If you're looking for cheap entertainment and love the AZ scenery, take a drive out Apache Trail. The road turns to dirt part way up, but is very well maintained. The scenery is beautiful....be sure to stop numerous times alone the way! This is not...More

1  Thank Firegirl509
Apache T, Public Relations Manager at Apache Trail Scenic Drive, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you for traveling the Apache Trail and driving safe!

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Our friends had been on this drive before and wanted to take us to see the beautiful scenery. We were not disappointed. We left Mesa around 2 in the afternoon and returned to Mesa by 7pm. We did not drive all the way to Roosevelt...More

Thank PamC54
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Agree - it's a winding, dusty, slow, mountain drive. And great. It's paved to Tortilla Flats (a tourist rip-off in my view). Only after Tortilla Flats does it really get interesting. The bumpy road crawls up and down the mountain, consistently moving into the depths...More

4  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 18 April 2017

A 40 mile drive along the Salt River through the Superstition Mountains. Beautiful views of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and in the spring, wild flowers and flowering cacti. Most of the road is a maintained dirt road. It is very narrow in spots and...More

3  Thank Michael D
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We drove the 40 mile trail in late February. The drive is on mostly unpaved road which at times is one lane including 4 -5 one lane bridges. At times, you are driving on the flat lands and through the Superstition Mountains as well as...More

3  Thank nananddougm
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BearAndKat
18 July 2017|
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Response from Goven | Reviewed this property |
My husband says you need to factor in intense summer heat(take lots of water) and remember there is lots of switch backs which slows your speed. He suggests 3-4 hrs would be more realistic. Make sure your vehicle is in... More
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Robin B
9 July 2017|
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Response from pwuchief | Reviewed this property |
OK not a motor bike person - all I know is a Harley is a Harley. But I did see one bike when we were there. It is loose gravel so make sure you have your chaps on!
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Barry B
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Response from Apache T | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
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... More
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