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Address: Arizona Highway 88, AZ
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Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

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20 miles of washboard but outstanding scenery

We're new to AZ and are trying to see some of the natural beauty of the state. We read in several places that AZ88, while challenging, was worth the wear and tear on our SUV... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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351 reviews 351 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We're new to AZ and are trying to see some of the natural beauty of the state. We read in several places that AZ88, while challenging, was worth the wear and tear on our SUV. We started in Globe and stopped by the Tonto Nat'l Monument on the way to Roosevelt Lake. We turned off the highway onto AZ88 and... More 

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Clinton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Well, Utah has only quantity over the Superstition Mountains. Our drive on the Old Apache Trail was stunningly beautiful--so many rock colors and formations. Just something wonderful to see around every corner. We didn't take the gravel road but would like to sometime soon. It's a must-see and so close to Phoenix too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My wife and I drove the Apache Trail south to north in our Jeep TJ. The first section is asphalt, then it turns to heavily washboarded dirt. It is quite remote but there are a couple rest areas and access to marinas. The downhill section is narrow and steep but nothing to be too concerned about. While I would not... More 

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Wooster, Ohio
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Being afraid of heights, this trip was the most breath-holding of any we've done. We skipped the touristy stops at the beginning and headed straight toward Roosevelt Dam stopping only for a bit at Tortilla Flat for a Prickly Pear ice cream cone - (tasteless and not worth it). Canyon Lake was a great place to stop for our picnic... More 

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East Peoria, Illinois
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I waited a year to do the dirt road part of the drive. You must be patient and trust an experienced drive to do the route. My husband drove us and we had a great time. You will see scenery only found in this part of the desert. Be sure to have a full tank of gas and drinking water.... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

This is one of my all time favorite drives. You feel like you are truly in the wilderness, but there is enough traffic where you don't feel alone. In the course of 2 hours, we probably saw 6 to 8 other cars. The drive has some incredible views. Some areas of the road get narrow with little or no guard... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Truly stunning drive, with a couple of decent stops along the way. Be warned it does have a long stretch of dirt road with some steep descents, which are not sports car friendly. Factor in at least 4-5 hours to go from Phoenix/Scotsdale and back. Also, if you start from Apache Junction, take the North route (left after the Roosevelt... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A beautiful ride in the high Sonora desert among rugged mountains and canyons, creeks and lakes and cacti and wildflower. It starts in Apache Junction, about an hour west of Phoenix. The trail is less than fifty miles long but the distance is deceiving because of traffic and the conditions of the road. It is advisable to start early, especially... More 

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Brunswick, Ohio
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The Apache Trail all starts at Apache Junction, US route 60 and AZ route 88. It takes you north and east into the Superstition Mountain, loops you through some fabulous scenery and your first stop is at Goldfield Ghost Town. Here, you are treated to several things to do, including a mine shaft tour. That tour was well done. In... More 

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Rochelle, Illinois
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The first part was a beautiful paved road. The last part is 22 miles of "unpaved" road. We would have turned around if we were using our personal car, but it was a fun adventure that had many areas to pull over and take pictures. It took two hours to go the 22 miles but we saw beautiful, rugged scenery... More 

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