Through online research we discovered a scenic drive called the Apache Trail near Phoenix and during our recent vacation in Arizona we decided to check it out. The Apache Trail was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the mountains. The current Apache Trail links Apache Junction at the edge of Phoenix with Theodore Roosevelt Lake through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.
The trail certainly was a scenic drive providing breathtaking views as we wound our way through 40 miles of rugged desert mountains on a steep narrow road. We passed clear blue reservoir lakes such as Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. The trail is paved until you reach the historic town of Tortilla Flat. From there until Roosevelt Dam, it’s unpaved and is very rough and covered in washboards. There are very few safety barriers in place so drivers need to exercise caution. The trail is not recommended for larger vehicles.
While the road was bumpy, it was definitely worth the trip for the scenic views. I encourage travellers to get off the beaten path and venture down this trail.