Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam is a 38.7 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
a wonderful drive, dusty yet spectacular scenery.
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.
Drove from Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat. The views are beautiful and we're looking forward to the drive to Roosevelt Lake this fall.
Absolutely gorgeous scenic drive. Take your time and enjoy the adventure.
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.
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.
Just beautiful. The road is narrow in spots but wasn't necessary to have four wheel drive.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.