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Apache Trail

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

Vehicle Types

Overview

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.

Rating

Easy
Trail Ratings Defined

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

Stats

Length

38.5mi

Time

4hrs

High Point

2,925ft

Best Time To Go

Spring/Fall

Current Conditions

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

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Trail Updates

05/19/2020
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.

03/04/2020
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.

01/15/2020
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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