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Address: Arizona Highway 88, AZ
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The ranger at Lost Durchman State Park said she had done the drive once and that was enough. For some she would be right but you must do it once. Lots of places to stop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ranger at Lost Durchman State Park said she had done the drive once and that was enough. For some she would be right but you must do it once. Lots of places to stop. Changing scenery. Yes there is one section where you have to drive extremely carefully. Would definitely recommend doing the route clockwise so you are on... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am from the East Coast, and I am used to winding mountain roads, but this is intense. The first 18 miles are paved, and it is dirt, one lane winding until the Roosevelt Lake Dam, I was in a 4x4 pick up, and I say plenty of passenger vehicles. When the signs say 20 MPH, they mean it!! Amazing... More 

2 Thank MikeR2011
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in the Phoenix area we took a day trip to Apache Trail. Like stepping back in time, great views over the mountain, history abounds, you can almost see the prospectors searching for gold. But keep in mind this was "the trail of tears". Travel on to the Dutchman's lost gold site and have lunch/dinner a t the last stagecoach... More 

1 Thank Wanda C
United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trail has some beautiful scenery. From Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat, it is all paved road, with some curvy areas. Tortilla Flat is a nice stop with bar, restaurant, ice cream shop and novelty shop. Several miles east of Tortilla Flat, the road turns to gravel. It can be quite narrow in places, with many hairpin turns. We drove... More 

1 Thank C S
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211 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took the complete circle from Florence Jct to Apache Junction. It was awesome! Be prepared for dirt washboard roads, barely two lane road and one lane bridges. Oh and dust..lots and lots of dust. But the scenery....oh the scenery. So gorgeous. This was by far my favorite thing on my trip to AZ. Also be prepared for really no... More 

2 Thank janelje
Charlottetown, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're looking to get out of Phoenix for a drive in the country, this is a great option! As soon as you get on the trail, you are captivated by the view of the Supersttion Mountain. The road winds around hills throughout the desert with a multitude of Saguara cactus growing throughout. We stopped at an Old Mining town... More 

3 Thank Claudetteth
Milton, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 (when in season). We began our all day adventure starting at Apache Junction with a brief stop at the Goldfield Ghost... More 

3 Thank Jim T
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is for the portion between Tortilla Flats and Roosevelt Lake. I.E. the unpaved road. First, it is totally do-able in a small rental car without 4-wheel drive. It might not be easy, but it is do-able, because I did it. On the other hand, a small car can more easily take some of the sharp turns. DO NOT... More 

5 Thank WiscPedalGal
Hamilton, Canada
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must do when visiting Phoenix. The drive can be quite scary at some points but the views are worth it. We've been on the Apache trail 3 times and it is always enjoyable. Don't miss it !

2 Thank Everfabulous
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very close to Phoenix and very scenic with a lot of turns and great views. If you get behind a RV it could take many hours to finish . I would suggest a little longer drive to Sedona for unbelievable scenery if your looking for a drive rather then the Apache Trail... Still if you only have a couple of... More 

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