The Apache Trail, also known as State Route 88 is a popular Arizona attraction. The Apache Trail begins just east of Gold Canyon and winds its way through the volcanic rock fields of the Superstitions Mountains. It is a drive where the trail passes by Goldfield Ghost Town, the Lost Dutchman State Park, Canyon Lake, Tortilla Flat, Apache Lake, then on to Lake Roosevelt.
Your trip might take two hours, or it might take seven hours or more to complete. It just depends on the route taken,and the number of stops stops.There are several one lane bridges so careful and cautious driving is a must. And it is important to watch the weather forecast and try not to travel when there are warnings of flash floods. Be sure you have a full tank of gas and take plenty of water and some snacks. Be sure your cell phone battery is charged up for use in case of emergency. Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and appropriate walking shoes are also needed in case you want to get out of the car and explore a bit.
The Trial was completed in 1905 to accommodate the completion of the Theodore Roosevelt Dam. The course mimics the course of the Salt River. There are zig-zags and hairpin turns all among amazing views and and canyon creeks along the way.The Native Americans continued to use the trail for years after it was completed as a migratory route between their winter homes in the desert lowlands and their summer homes in the mountains along the Mogollon Rim and various sky islands of the central mountain and basin range regions of Arizona.
It should be noted that parts of the Apache Trail are not for nervous drivers or nervous passengers. But that said driving on the trail offers incredible canyon views, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert and lake views, and wildflowers in season.