Apache Trail Scenic Drive, Arizona

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Once a trail for the Apache tribe through the Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail Scenic Drive showcases the desert Southwest along a now-paved highway known officially as State Route 88. However, portions of the trail remain unpaved, and these rugged sections travel through rough mountains and Saguaro cactuses. Two reservoir lakes, Apache Lake and Canyon Lake, lie just off the road. Be careful when driving the unpaved sections, because the rocks can damage the underside of cars. Some rental companies don't allow clients to take rented SUVs, RVs, or campers onto the unpaved portion. Take a look at our Tortilla Flat road trip planning app to schedule your visit to Apache Trail Scenic Drive and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We drove the Apache Trail Scenic Drive while on Vacation in Phoenix. Glad we had rented a SUV as the pavement did drop off at points and the ride was quite bumpy at times . The views on this drive wer...  more »
  • It truly was a wonderful experience. Yes it is gravel & there is washboard. A lot of the drive is at 10 or 15 mph At that speed you can enjoy the vistas & the ride is fine. It is safe. Keep your eyes ...  more »
  • The Apache Trail is beautiful for sure! We headed south from the dam all the way to Apache Junction and enjoyed awesome vistas along the way. There are lots of picture opportunities along the way so k...  more »

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