Driving Arizona’s Scenic Apache Trail
While visiting the Phoenix area, if you have time for a day trip, and love to see incredible panoramas, then in my humble opinion, you simply must take a drive on the world famous Apache Trail Scenic Drive.
To help you enjoy your drive on the Apache Trail, I have prepared for you a custom Google Map, complete with turn by turn instructions, and helpful tips. Depending on how often you stop to gawk at the scenery, you should plan on 7-10 hours to complete this trip.
A great portion of this trip is driving through the Arizona back country, so you should plan to bring along water and snacks. You should also plan to have great stretches where you will have no cell phone service.
Here are a few tips:
- Plan to leave around 8:00 a.m. with the idea that you will have a late breakfast at Tortilla Flats. Tortilla Flats was a stagecoach stop in 1904, and today is a wonderful place to have breakfast/lunch. Depending on your speed, and how often you stop to enjoy the scenery, you will probably arrive at Tortilla Flats around 10:30ish, if you are leaving from the East side of town.
- After breakfast, you will head east from Tortilla flats into the vast wilderness of the Tonto National Forest, climb upon dirt roads for the first time, and work your way across the 40 +/- miles of the Apache Trail.
- At the end of the trail, you will be rewarded with views of the Roosevelt Dam, and the Roosevelt Bridge.
- From the Roosevelt Bridge, you will once again drive on paved roads, and make your way back to Phoenix as you drive through the historic mining towns of Globe and Miami.
I have provided quite a few more tips in my interactive custom Google Map. Enjoy your trip, and drive safely.
When you get back from your trip, come back, leave me a comment, and tell me about your trip! I would love to read a little of your adventures.