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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. Put Apache Trail Scenic Drive at the forefront of your travel plans using our Roosevelt tour planner.
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  • In Arizona, geography has always dictated the feasibility of routes and, as a result, getting to the more remote areas often entails long stretches of dirt roads. In this case, however, the road itsel...  more »
  • Good opportunity to get out of the city for a fun day with the family. The scenery was breath-taking. We only traveled to Tortilla Flats, spent a hour or so there and then stopped at Ghost Tow! On the...  more »
  • If you are in Arizona, you have the famous Apache Trail ridden have, of course, or at least a part of it. Indeed a beautiful route. En route to the village of Tortilla Flat (that you had to have seen) we passed a real cowboy village, Goldfield Ghost. Fantastic! You can imagine yourself really in a western, complete with church, saloon, brothel etc. It is still only partly inhabited, with a few nice shops. It is located midway between the starting point, Apache Junction and Tortilla Flat; that little. Very touristy and much less authentic than the named village.
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