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Apache Trail Scenic Drive

Arizona Highway 88, AZ
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Ranked #68 of 1,297 Attractions in Arizona
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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Phoenix, AZ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for some wonderous views and different local roadside attractions, then the Apache Trail drive is the one to take!! You can stop at the Goldfield Ghost town for some local history and then start the windy road up to paradise!! The views are stunning and it's worth the dust to continue on past Tortilla flats (definitely... More

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Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Did this long loop drive slowly in one day. Started at apache junction and went clockwise. First half , as far as Roosevelt dam and Tonto National Monument is stunning. Lot of it is on rough dust track on narrow mountainous tracks, glad we had upgraded to a SUV. Scenery stunning. Ice creams at Tortilla. After Tonto National Monument it's... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A must if you are in the Phoenix area. Give yourself a whole day and ensure you take the whole trail because you do not want to miss the unpaved section between Tortilla Flat and Roosevelt Dam. Stop of in Goldfield ‘Ghost town’ then Tortilla Flats for a bite to eat before taking the 20 odd mile slow drive on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is well worth doing, it's not far outside of Phoenix but the terrain is much more dramatic and picturesque, there were lots of oooooohs and aaaaaaaahs coming from our car! Was 10 times better than I expected - just don't forget your camera like we did!

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Columbia, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Beautiful scenery without a lot of traffic. Several places to get out and take pictures, etc. Loved the prickly pear ice cream!

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

This scenic drive was absolutely stunning, the views of the cacti, lakes and old areas were incredible. Would definitely recommend stopping at goldfield ghost town too, not far into the route but a really interesting area, seeing how the buildings used to be. The whole route itself (apparently) takes 5 hours, but we turned round at the tortilla flat, easy... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We enjoyed our day trip from Phoenix driving along Hwy 88 and passing through the small towns and historic sites.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Roosevelt Lake / Dam Apache Trail. Took a drive from Phoenix to explore this beautiful place, as described to me. It's a hike out there drive-wise. Once we got there it was GORGEOUS but a storm was coming, so we had to cut it short. As it rarely rains and Az doesn't really have a drain off system in place.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was a fun drive. My husband and I had fun driving and stopping at some of the view points along the way. We drove up to the lakes. Bring a camera and plan on spending hours exploring. We saw wildlife too.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

excellent drive ,we had a chevvy suburban 4x4.only a short stretch is unpaved,very scenic,take food and drinks if you wish to stop and picnic,it is not as isolated as you may think .the lakes you pass are popular with boating enthusiasts..with mariners that cater for these people,on part of the unpaved trail a huge eagle took flight ahead of us,what... More

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