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Apache Trail

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Location Mesa, AZ
Rating Easy,
Length 39mi
Time 4hrs

Vehicle Types


Scenic tourist drive ends at Roosevelt Dam.

This road weaves along the mountainside above Salt River Valley, then quickly drops to Fish Creek Bridge. You’ll enjoy gorgeous views of Canyon Lake and Apache Lake, man made reservoirs that offer water sports including boating, water skiing and fishing. The road skirts the edge of the Salt River before climbing out of the valley at Theodore Roosevelt Dam. South of the Apache Trail is the vast Superstition Wilderness with an extensive network of hiking trails and backpacking opportunities. No unlicensed vehicles.


Trail Ratings Defined

Starts paved then changes to well-maintained dirt suitable for passenger cars. Watch for blind curves and tight switchbacks near cliff edges.






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Best Time To Go

Feb-June, Sept-Nov

Current Conditions

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

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Trail Updates

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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