When I was researching things to do in the Phoenix area, I ran across the Apache Trail. It’s 40 miles of winding, twisting, and mainly dirt road snaking through the Superstition Mountains. It begins at the Superstition Mountain Museum and ends at the Theodore Roosevelt Dam at Highway 188.
I love twisty and windy roads through mountains. They are my favorite. I don’t think we actually realized what we were in for, but it turned out to be an exciting adventure. At least 20 of the 40 miles is a dirt road, which is a little rough, a lot bumpy, one lane in many places–but offers absolutely beautiful views. While photos do not do this trail justice, it will give a slight idea of the fabulous scenic drive.
Here are some of the wider views we enjoyed.
We also saw several different types of plants and bushes beginning to flower (fairy duster is the flower pictured below).
We crossed one-lane bridges.
There were lookout points to see beautiful lakes.
The Theodore Roosevelt Dam was a treat to see towards the end of the Apache Trail.
It took about three hours to do the trail including driving and stopping to take photos and appreciate the beauty. It was worth every second, although it was a relief when the dirt road came to an end. I highly recommend this drive and it is easily one of my favorites.
Above was the view on a partial part of the drive home. Arizona is lovely, and there’s so much more to see.
It was another wonderful day with Roy and Judy and the Grand Canyon is ahead.
Safe travels until we meet again.
Want to see the trail for yourself? Here’s a video of a portion of the trail.
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