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Scenic Drive: The Apache Trail Scenic Byway (Apache Junction, Arizona)

Scenic Drive: The Apache Trail Scenic Byway (Apache Junction, Arizona)
Maya
  • On November 19, 2013

Photo: That’s our Mini Cooper in the distance!

If you check out Yelp or TripAdvisor, taking this road trip near the Phoenix area is highly recommended as it has “incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert and lake views, and wildflowers in season” –About.com Travel. There’s plenty of places to stop along the drive: Lost Dutchman State Park, Canyon Lake, Tortilla Flats, Superstition Mountain Museum, Goldfield Ghost Town, Apacheland Movie Ranch, OK Corral Stables, Theodore Roosevelt Dam and the Dolly Steamboat Cruises.

Warning: If you easily get car sick, I would volunteer to drive this route as there’s a lot of switchbacks!

Address

The Apache Trail’s famous Circle Route (120-mile scenic route) begins and ends in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Weather

Sunny – High 75°F Low 46°F

Distance Traveled

46 miles roundtrip from Monte Vista RV

Here’s a few pictures from our outing:

PIC: Superstition Mountain Museum

PIC: Elvis Presley Memorial Chapel where he filled Charro

PIC: Elvis poster for movie Charro

PIC: Superstition Mountain Museum

PIC: Catching a stagecoach at the Superstition Mountain Museum

PIC: Giant Saguaro Cactus

PIC: Apacheland

PIC: Movies Filmed at Apacheland Movie Land - Gambler with Kenny Rogers, Linda Evans and Bruce Boxleitner

PIC: Apache Trail Scenic Drive

PIC: Goldfield Ghost Town

PIC: Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon

PIC: View of Superstition Mountain from the outdoor seating of Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon

PIC: Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon

PIC: Superstition Mountain

PIC: Goldfield Ghost Town

PIC: Tree along the Apache Trail Scenic Drive

PIC: Panoramic View of Canyon Lake, Arizona

PIC: Tonto National Forest - Arizona

PIC: Apache Trail towards Canyon Lake

PIC: Geological Formations on our road trip through the Apache Trail Scenic Byway

PIC: Hiking to get a few nice pictures of our Apache Trail Scenic Drive… while watching out for snakes!

QUESTION: Where are some of the best scenic drives you’ve taken on past travels?

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