Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam

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Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam is a 21 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Apache Junction, AZ that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

21.0 miles 2408 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly




scenic driving





A drive on the Apache Trail is one of the most scenic drives near the Phoenix area. This well-traveled road affords visitors an incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert and lake views, and wildflowers in season. At Roosevelt Dam you'll to have to decide whether you'll turn back and go the way you came, take AZ188 towards the Beeline Highway (AZ87) toward Payson or Fountain Hills, or take AZ188 to the Miami/Superior area and back to Apache Junction. We took this route. We calculated the distance from Roosevelt Dam back to the beginning of AZ 88 through Miami and Superior to be about 79 miles. It's all paved, divided highway.

scenic driving
1 year ago

Just beautiful. The road is narrow in spots but wasn't necessary to have four wheel drive.

scenic driving
2 years ago

Absolutely a stunning view of the mountainous terrain between Pheonix and Roosevelt Dam. About half pave and half gravel. So many recreational and camping opportunities. Well worth the time and detour to do.

scenic driving
2 years ago

It is a very scenic drive. Narrow rough roads with lots of blind corners. I recommend using a pick-up but not required. Fish creek hill has a restroom you can hit before the slow journey to the dam.

scenic driving
2 years ago

This drive is very beautiful; however the road is fairly rough in spots and is only one lane in a few places.