“The Apache Trail combines the grandeur of the Alps, the Glory of the Rockies, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and then adds an indefinable something that none of the others have. To me, it is the most awe-inspiring and most sublimely beautiful panorama nature has ever created.” President Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919
The Top 8 Must-See Sites on the Apache Trail
2. Roosevelt Dam – At the end of Route 88 is the world’ s tallest masonry dam back in 1911 which was 280 feet high. The current height is now 357 feet. The blocks of stone used in the dam were carved out of the canyon walls. Not as big as the Hoover dam but, still very impressive to see up close.
3. Roosevelt Lake – Is the largest man-made lake wholly in Arizona. This lake and the dam helped make Arizona into a fertile agricultural land it is today. Otherwise, it could have been a desert wasteland.
4. Apache Lake – One of the beautiful vistas in the Tonto National Forest. This area has many hiking trails to explore, and the Tonto National Monument (ancient cliff dwellings) is 4 miles south of Apache Lake. Apache Lake is created by the Horse Mesa Dam and is located between Roosevelt Lake and Canyon Lake. This body of water is a great lake for boating and fishing.
5. Tortilla Flat – an old stagecoach stop with a population of 6. This town was such a fun place to visit. It has the most amazing old buildings on this road. The saloon and restaurant still serve you on real saddles as the bar stools. This stop also has a great Country Store and Gift Shop. You can spend quite some time at Tortilla Flats so, plan accordingly. Don’t forget to watch out for the water on the road as you continue your drive along the Apache Trail.
6. One Lane Bridge on the Apache Trail – always fun to drive over these especially if it has breath-taking scenery.
7. Goldfield Ghost Town – This town is full of the history of the 1890’s old west. There are so many attractions to see here: narrow gauge railroad rides, Mammoth Gold Mine tour, eat at the Saloon, pan for gold, watch a gun fight, plus lots of merchants to try out.
8. Superstition Mountain – There is a legend that there is a Lost Dutchman’s gold mine lost somewhere within the Superstition Mountains. Hmmm….
So anyone interested in searching for some lost gold?!!!