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Apache Trail

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Location Mesa, AZ
Rating Easy,
Length 38.5mi
Time 4hrs

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Scenic tourist drive ends at Roosevelt Dam.

The first 17 miles of this route are paved, but it’s a spectacular, narrow, winding road with gorgeous views of Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. You’ll pass through the little town of Tortilla Flat and conclude with great views of the Theodore Roosevelt Dam. non-street-legal vehicles are not allowed on Highway 88. We saw many street legal UTVs on the dirt portion after the staging area at 17.4 miles. non-street-legal vehicles can explore marked side roads, but most are quite short and end at wilderness boundary.


Trail Ratings Defined

Mix of paved and well maintained gravel. We found ruts and small washouts going down steep, narrow Fish Creek Hill.






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Current Conditions

(480) 610-3300Tonto N.F., Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts

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Trail Updates

Submitted by Wayne
The trail/road has been closed by the State with a large steel gate at the top of Fish Creek Hill at the overlook (mile 18.7 on the trail guide) due to fires and washouts of the road. It is not expected to be repaired and open in the next few years.

Submitted by Derek
SR 88 is still closed indefinitely between Fish Creek Hill and Apache Lake Marina

Tonto National Forest has removed the temporary closure due to the fires for this trail. Road conditions may have changed, don’t go alone.

Tonto National Forest temporary closure. Due to the Bush fire, this area has restrictions. Read forest order here. For updates go to N.F. website for alerts and notices.

Submitted by Tom
Due to forest fire and subsequent flooding, the trail suffered major erosion damage and it is being shut indefinitely. The closure affects the best part from Tortilla Flat mi 11.7 to Apache Lake Marina FR 79 crossing. Facilities on Tortilla Flat and Apache Lake Marina are accessible from West and East respectively. Estimate time for the closure – three to five years. Check for updates before you go.

Submitted by Olan
Recommend checking if the road is open before heading out. The road was closed due to the Woodbury fire, opened, then closed again after rains caused flash flooding and wash out near the Fish Creek Canyon area.


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