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Apache Trail Scenic Drive

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Beautiful views

Beautiful views of the desert with only less than horrifying heights. Would like to do it again someday soon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Dar J

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful views of the desert with only less than horrifying heights. Would like to do it again someday soon.

Thank Dar J
Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In a nutshell.....Ignore any naysayers, and just drive this trail. You will thank me! We started from Apache Junction and ended at the Roosevelt Dam. Originally had hesitations about doing in a rented Audi A4. (Before leaving, I searched Youtube how to change the tire just in case, as you don't want to be stuck out there in the heat.)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful drive. Just after passing Tortilla flat (when starting in the southwest) the road becomes unpaved and the fun really starts. Some bits have small bumps due to people braking all the time, the best trick (on straights) is not driving too slow. There are some beautful views along the road. Lots of rocks on the road aswell, so be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The view is beautiful. Before we went, I did lots of research to decide what kind of vehicle we would need. We rent a standard SUV and we were glad we had it. A car with 5" ground clearance could do it but a SUV is much better. Allow plenty time. When we went (July 4th weekend), Canyon Lake was... More 

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Cloverdale BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

This drive was absolutely extraordinary. There are a lot of reviews about the road quality, but I had no issues. It's a dirt road. It's winding. But it's safe if you go slow! I had a full size rental and I could have done it in a compact. Monsoon season may have the roads a bit less groomed. I only... More 

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Roswell, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Our recent business trip required that we travel from Phoenix AZ to globe, AZ. Looking at our map, we determined that the Apache trail would be the shortest route. Now we did read somewhere that there was a small portion of the trail that was unpaved and narrow. Well, let me say that was quite an understatement. When we reached... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

If you're not familiar with the SW landscape the Apache Trail is a great introduction. If time restricted, you can drive out to Tortilla Flat (the name is the best part, although the ice cream is pretty good) and enjoy some classic views without venturing into the realms of the unpaved. We didn't have time for a serious hike but... More 

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Somehow I just stumbled upon this amazing drive. I was on my way to Phoenix on Hwy 60 and the road was closed. I looked on my map for an alternate route and found hwy 88 going to Apache Junction. I'm just driving along and all the sudden it becomes a dirt road. Then there's the beautiful apache lake set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Drove along the trail. Speed is about 10 miles per hour. Take plenty of water and bring a picnic lunch as the dam doesn't have a shop. We spent about 2/3rds of a day to do the trail. Plenty of stops along the way to take photos. A restroom is half way along the trail or stop at the boating... More 

Thank Kenneth M
Ottawa, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

We winter in Mesa AZ - the first tour for any of our visitors is the Apache trail - this really depicts Arizona & it is fantastic day tour .. You experiencd desert. , mountains, scenic valleys, coolies , steep cliffs , lookouts , town of tortilla flat ( a must stop - snack lunch , bar , live gunfight... More 

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