Enjoy Apache Trails Scenic views
Apache Trail follow a route that starts in Apache Junction then passes the Lost Dutchmen State Park, The Goldfield Mining Town, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake then loops bank through Globe bank to Apache Junction. Roughly 30 miles from Apache Junction to Apache Lake.
Fish Creek Canyon is perhaps the most awe-inspiring section. The road hangs on the side of this high-walled canyon and winds its way along tremendous precipices that sink sheer for hundreds of feet below.
Landmarks you will pass along the way:
The Lost Dutchman State Park
Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest.
Goldfield Mining Town
The Mystery Shack – located in Goldfield, Arizona is well known for its rich gold mines and legends of mystery within the Superstition Mountains. Millions of tons of gold ore were mined from this area back in 1893, but one section of this mining town was quickly closed down in 1894 after miners complained of abnormal and haunting events…
The name of this lake couldn’t describe it any better. Steep canyon walls tower over the clear cool water with twisting ravines. This lake is one of four formed by damming the Salt River.
Tortilla Flat is an authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest, Superstition Mountain Range. As well as being home for six adventurous people, Tortilla Flat has a charm that has surpassed time.
Formed by Horse Mesa Dam, Apache Lake is long and narrow and is the second largest Salt River Project lake. The Apache Lake Marina and Resort is one mile from the main highway and features a motel, restaurant, gas station, coffee shop, picnic supplies and more.
Roosevelt Dam was originally constructed between 1905 and 1911 and restricts the water on the Salt River forming Roosevelt Lake. Roosevelt Dam is unique in the way it was originally constructed. It was the world’s largest “cyclopean-masonry” dam, a Greco-Roman style of building that uses huge, irregular blocks. It is now covered by new concrete.
Tonto National Monument
This well-preserved Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling looks down on Lake Roosevelt. Visitors are permitted to walk around the inside of this two-story ruin. There is a visitors center and picnic area with lake views. A trail leads to the ruins.