Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam [CLOSED]

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Lost Dutchman State Park

Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam [CLOSED] 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.

Distance: 38.4 miles Elevation Gain: 5,698 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

scenic driving

bird watching



partially paved



wild flowers


Note: As of June 2019, trails are closed in the park due to the Woodbury Fire. 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.

7 months ago

Superbe! De super points de vue! On a croisé des cyclistes et l’état de la route est parfait pour eux. La route est fermée à Tortilla Flat mais ça vaut la peine quand même. Tellement de belles photos!

7 months ago

10/11/19 closed just after Tortilla Flat Restaurant

scenic driving
no shade
8 months ago

Dusty, no shade. Narrow and dangerous at times with crazy, fast drivers. Some good lakes to check out on the way.

Sat Apr 27 2019

Gorgeous Ride. Did it for the first time yesterday in my H3. Saw a couple snakes and a Gila Monster as well. Fun!

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 24 2019

such a fun little drive. Took my Renegade up to Roosevelt Lake for lunch with my family and the views were amazing. Lots of green this time of year and the weather was unbeatable. A good mix of pavement and dirt, perfect for any car really.

Tue Mar 19 2019

nice drive for a high clearance vehicle

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jan 16 2019

great ride, explore the cave at fish creek bridge

Mon Nov 19 2018

Great trail with several places to stop along the way. Awesome beautiful lake views.

Sun Sep 02 2018

The drive is spectacular winding around the mountainside. You need to be prepared for dirt roads that are sometimes single lane. Views couldn’t be better.

Sun Apr 08 2018

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

Tue Feb 13 2018

Great topography!

ohv/off road driving
Thu Dec 14 2017

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.

Tue Oct 03 2017

Awesome place to camp

scenic driving
Mon Jun 26 2017

is one of the great drives in the United States

ohv/off road driving
Mon Jun 12 2017

Great drive with beautiful views along the way.

nature trips
Tue May 02 2017

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

Wed Mar 29 2017

cool drive, beautiful views the whole way

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 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.

Tue Jan 31 2017

a wonderful drive, dusty yet spectacular scenery.

Mon Jan 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
Sun Aug 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
Sun May 08 2016

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

Tue Apr 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.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 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
Thu Sep 03 2015


scenic driving
Mon Feb 16 2015

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

scenic driving
Wed Sep 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
Sat Aug 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
Wed Jun 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.

ohv/off road driving
Fri 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.

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