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 Tortilla Flat tour planner.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Is a beautiful scenic route that forms a ring arriving from Phoenix from Apache Junction and ends at Globe suddenly not too long is of gravel road which is also quite narrow but luckily you meet a few cars there are various stages some exhibits such as the Lost Dutchman State Park ($ 7 per car) with fabulous paths immersed in nature which I think is the coolest thing to see near Phoenix Stage funny is Goldfield: an old mining town restored with a great Saloon where we ate very well Then along a road with beautiful views you get to Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, the dam of Roosevelt nice also the Tonto National Monument and nice for a quick stop in the town (4 houses) of Tortilla Flat Along the entire ring and stopping at all the stages you pass a beautiful day
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  • July 24, 2017
    This is a cool drive no doubt HOWEVER just past the observation point the road was not what we expected...single lane, hairpin turns, washboard gravel road on the edge of a cliff down a steep incline....  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Apache Trail is a scenic drive over 70 miles that runs through the superstition mountains. A part is not paved, shake well and offers thrills (tight turns and narrow road). Also the road itself, with its fascinating, sometimes mountainous, sometimes desert landscapes the winding Apache Trail takes you to meet sites spectacular (Tonto, Lake Roosevelt)... My advice: anticipate a big day and her travel from Globe to Phoenix, a day of week to avoid all locals who visit with their boat Lake Roosevelt
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