Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam

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Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam is a 38.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

38.4 miles
5,698 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

scenic driving





wild flowers

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.

4 months ago

This was an amazing drive especially when you get off the paved road. I would definitely recommend

6 months ago

Great topography!

off road driving
8 months ago

The views on this road are hard to compete with anywhere in AZ. The road is well maintained, moderately traveled and filled with so many variations of scenery, its awesome. You can travel this in a car easily and the windy sections are quite fun.

10 months ago

Awesome place to camp

scenic driving
Monday, June 26, 2017

is one of the great drives in the United States

off road driving
Monday, June 12, 2017

Great drive with beautiful views along the way.

nature trips
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Spectacular view along the drive road, perfect for weekend trip! All lakes look enchanted!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

cool drive, beautiful views the whole way

off road driving
Sunday, March 12, 2017

This is a very scenic drive. We started it from Roosevelt damn and drown west. Beautiful views of lakes and cliffs. Definitely worth the dust and the traffic. We did it on a Saturday so it was busy. If you did it during the week it would probably be perfect.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

a wonderful drive, dusty yet spectacular scenery.

Monday, January 30, 2017

We have driven the trail (30 miles unpaved) many times in the last four years. Absolutely love the drive and overlooks. It passes Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and ends at Lake Roosevelt. If you like to take pictures the drive could take you all day. Make time to stop at Tortilla Flats to have a bite to eat. Food is also available at Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Last winter (Jan-Mar) we took advantage of the (buy one night get second night free) sale on hotel rooms at Apache Lake and rented a boat for the day. Reservations suggested at the resort. You can make a loop out of the trip and come back though Globe /Miami area and return to the city on US 60. See you on the trail it's a great drive.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Drove from Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat. The views are beautiful and we're looking forward to the drive to Roosevelt Lake this fall.

scenic driving
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous scenic drive. Take your time and enjoy the adventure.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

it was vary beautiful, but it is a really easy hike. if you looking for something with boulders and elevation change, than this is not the trail for you. worth the hike though fort he view.

off road driving
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Nice scenic route, I'm here every weekend on my KTM 640. Just watch out for drivers, sometimes their sight seeing and driving at the same time.

scenic driving
Thursday, September 03, 2015


scenic driving
Monday, February 16, 2015

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

scenic driving
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Glad we finally went past Tortilla Flats...it was worth it. When driving, take your time and be extra careful around the blind turns and curves...unfortunately, others aren't always as careful. Spectacular views along the way and of the dam and bridge at the end...

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Apache Trail is an awesome day trip. I did the entire loop starting on 87 from Mesa to 88 at Apache Junction once and just loved it. I didn't realize there are so many lakes on that route: Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon and Saguaro Lakes are all so close. The canyon walls are beautiful, the lakes so blue and picturesque. If you do the loop, I recommend going the Southbound route from Roosevelt Dam to Apache Junction. The views of the wash between the Dam and Apache Lake are spectacular.

off road driving
Friday, May 02, 2014

I drove down the Apache Trail and was quite amazed at how much nicer it was to navigate as I hadn't been down it for over 15 years. Lots of traffic with sightseers so the white knuckle drive of yesteryear is gone. Scenery was just as amazing. My goal was to check out the Reavis Ranch trailhead and possible parking opportunities for horse trailers.

I drove up the 3 mile side road off the Apache Trail to the trailhead and oh my God!! What awesome views of Apache Lake. Even if you don't ride horses this trail will provide you with some awesome photo taking moments. I'll be riding this trail in the Fall on my mule.

scenic driving
Friday, March 28, 2014

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
Sunday, February 02, 2014

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

scenic driving
Monday, March 25, 2013

Drove from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam in 1968. Looking at the recent photos, I can tell it has really changed. I need to drive again.

off road driving
Thursday, January 10, 2013

We drove this road thinking the map must have made a mistake. It indicated that this was an Arizona state highway, but the symbol was a dirt road. How could that be?

It was true. That made the trip a bit of an adventure through gorgeous, undeveloped country, a real throwback to the days in which the road was built as a supply route to build Roosevelt Lake in the early days of the 1900s. The road is mostly gravel from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake. Later road builders built freeways and good highways south and east of the "Apache Trail", as this road is known. So your day trip is Phoenix to Roosevelt Lake on the Apache Trail, state highway to Globe to the south, and back to Phoenix by freeway. Stop for pictures, views and to pee, and just enjoy remote Arizona at arms length from Phoenix. You'll need a car wash at the end of your trip to get the dust off. Very small price to pay.

We stumbled onto an absolute gem. Any car can make it. Go do it.

off road driving
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Easy Trail To Drive Along, you'll see wonderful deep blue lakes as you follow the river up to the dam. Lots of places to pull off and take photo's along the way. Road is mostly dirt and can get very dusty, make sure you plan on a 45 min drive due to slower cars and trucks pulling boats.

scenic driving
Monday, November 21, 2011

i have done this drive many times. its one if the best drives in America and I have been to almost every state. if you are ever in Phoenix do not miss this amazing drive.

scenic driving
Sunday, October 09, 2011

have done this many times over the years and still love it

scenic driving
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