THE HISTORIC APACHE TRAIL
Travel back in time on Arizona’s infamous Apache Trail. The Superstition Mountains offer scenic beauty and the chance to see many of the plants and animals that survive in this harsh but spectacular environment. You will see Canyon Lake, Apache Lake and Lake Roosevelt on this 6 - 8 hour journey. Explore the mountains famous for “The Lost Dutchman”, Jacob Waltz. You will also see the world’s largest masonry dam, The Roosevelt Dam. Teddy Roosevelt called The Apache Trail “ one of the most spectacular, best-worth-seeing sights in the world”. See it for yourself with “My Arizona Guide”
This historic road covers some of the most rugged terrain in Arizona. The land surrounding the road rises steeply to the north to form the Four Peaks Wilderness Area and to the south to form the Superstition Wilderness Area. The Superstitions have drawn people for thousands of years, and its innermost canyons harbor springs and thousand-year-old Indian ruins. Steep-sided canyons, rock outcroppings and magnificent geologic formations are all along the road. Fish Creek Canyon is perhaps the most awe-inspiring section. The road hangs on the side of this high-walled canyon and winds its way along tremendous precipices that sink sheer for hundreds of feet below.
Apache Trail Tour $135.00 pp
Children 10 and under $115.00
Apache Trail Tour $150.00 pp
Children 10 and under $130.00
The first part of the Apache Trail climbs a hairpin road through the desert, revealing how the people of the Sonoran Desert survived for a millennia by traversing along the path to the Salt River, and then along to Theodore Roosevelt Lake. The paved portion of this road goes past 2 “ghost towns”, Goldfield and Tortilla Flat and Canyon Lake, which offers first-rate fishing, mostly for bass and catfish. The upper lake also hides Skeleton Cave, the site of a grim battle in 1872. There, a cavalry patrol trapped a band of Yavapai Indians during the infamous Tonto Basin War.
The western slopes of the Superstitions have some of the most spectacular wildflower blooms in western Arizona, with Mexican gold poppies, blue lupine, and purple owl clover. Although not as frequently visited, Apache Lake offers excellent fishing and some of the best camping in central Arizona. When the lake is full, it stretches for 17 miles and measures 266 feet deep. The water supports the area's wildlife, including deer, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, ringtails, mountain lions and bighorn sheep. And lots of other critters you may never have heard of before.
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