Apache Junction Travel Guide

  • Hwy 88 road around the mountains
    Hwy 88 road around the mountains
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  • Next to Superstition Mountian range
    Next to Superstition Mountian range
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  • View of the mountain peaks
    View of the mountain peaks
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Apache Junction Things to Do

  • Tortilla Flat, enjoy cold...

    Tortilla Flat is one of the attractions on the Apache Trail which actually started as a stage stop in 1904 and now known serving cold beer/sarsapilla with eeal saddles serve as bar stools with the unique backdrop of wallpaper made of dollar bills from visitors worldwide.When we visited there was outside music being enjoyed by the people. And at the...

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  • Goldfield Ghost Town from the the 1890's

    After you pass the Susperstition Museum on Apache Trail, you will see this amazing rustic town from afar and you will wonder what it is. Yes, it is a ghost town!The twins loved this place and it truly is an amazing place to bring the children too. It is of course with some commercialization, but that's okay because it is what brings the ghost town...

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  • Boat Rides on the Lakes

    Both Canyon Lake and Sagurao Lake has paddle boats for rides. The rides last about 90 minutes, and run every two hours, or so, when season demand and weather permits it. Cost is $20 for adults, and $12 for children. The boats are located at the main docks in the primary harbors.

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  • Tortilla Flat

    This rebuilt strip of buildings looks like the original. The draw now is to drive out here for a meal at the restaurant, featuring chili and burgers. The burgers were mediocre at best. The inside is going back in time with little changed since the owner take over in 1998. The buildings are replicas of the ones that stood here when it supposedly was...

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  • Lakes of Superstition

    There are four lakes which all serve as dams for water retention for the city. Saguaro, and Canyon Lakes are the more popular for recreation boating and fishing. The others are harder to get to form the Phoenix side. Both lakes are 10 mile long, and 20 miles of shoreline.

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  • Dutchman StatePark

    Entry Fee is $7 a day, and there is not much to do unless you camp out, or hike. It is 5 miles north of Apache Junction on Hwy 88 in the Superstition Wilderness. They have 67 camper sites.

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  • Goldfield Ghost Town

    A place to see some sites of the old days. They built this "town" back in 1988, and it sits on the actual area where gold was mined/processed. I was amazed at all the buildings, and it even has a restaurant steakhouse. There are about 20 shops and tour sites, including a train ride, gold mining in the tunnel, etc, etc. I went into the museum, and...

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  • Supersition Museum

    This is a fairly nice museum. It seems like it would be small inside, especially since the gift shop takes u 1/2 the space, but it is power packed inside. They have some great exhibits/displays and a great deal of reading the the times and events during the heh days of 1850's-90's in this area. Gold did not pan out after a while and things...

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  • Superstition Mountain Views

    These are very beautiful mountains, and I feel do not get the recognition they should for the wonder to these jutting out of the landscape. They are rugged and colorful, but not too high in elevation; maybe 1500 feet maximum. Each side of the mountains has a different color aspect and rock formations.

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  • Superstitions-Maps

    The road along the Superstition Mountains was not completed until around the 1950's, and even then some is still dirt and not drivable all the time. From mile 222 to 226 while we were there, it was closed. The loop around the whole mountain range is about 130 miles. Take Hwy 88 over to Roosevelt Lake-can't do that now though-and then on to Globe...

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  • Get your maps/brochures at Chamber of...

    Before you go on the Apache Trail, it might be to your best interest to drop by the the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce. The one-level small building is conveniently located at 567 W Apache Trail (phone 480-982-3141), and it is just outside a little commercial strip mall complex. Easy to find.The lady at the desk was very welcoming and very...

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  • Canyon Lake Dolly Steamboat Cruise - 90...

    Canyon Lake is located just about ten miles from the start of the Apache Trail, and there is a steamboat called Dolly that offers 90 minute cruises on this magnificent lake with amazing views of lime-green moss/grass covered desert mountains dotted with Saguaro cacti.I just bought tickets on-line and this is advisable to make sure you have seats...

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  • Visit the Superstition Mountain Museum

    The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum is located 3 1/2 miles northeast of Apache Junction on Arizona Highway 88, and consists of 3 main parts. The main part is the museum itself. It contains a Natural History Section; a Military History Exhibit; and a Jacob Waltz "Lost Dutchman" Exhibit. The story or the "Lost Dutchman Mine" is well known...

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  • Goldfield Ghost Town

    An authentic 1890's ghost town is a fun place to visit to experience the Old West. There are "mock shootouts" on the weekends, streets have people in period costumes. There are numerous buildings to explore, horseback riding, panning for gold slivers, and the kids favorite a train ride. All set with a beautiful backdrop of the Superstition and...

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  • Apache Trail

    Rather than continue on highway 188 toward the south, we turned west at the Roosevelt Dam onto a twisting and unpaved road known as the Apache Trail. This scenic route, hugging the mountain sides for the 41-mile drive from Roosevelt to Apache Junction is known as the Apache Trail. Along the way you will look down onto the twisting Salt River and...

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  • Goldfield old miners' town

    Goldfield is an old miners town which was filled with life and digging action in the 1890-ies. Now its converted into a museum, providing underground mine tours, horse rentals gold panning.

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  • Weavers' Needle - "home" of a huge gold...

    The area east of Apache Junction is called Superstition Mountains. If we believe the legends of late 19th century, a huge gold mine is there, somewhere deeply hidden in the wilderness.There are different hiking trails in the area, one leading to Weavers' needle.(approx. 1,5 hrs roundtrip from entrance).Park entrance fee (please contact park for...

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  • Lost Duchman State Park

    The Supestition Mountains are home to the Lost Dutchman Mine or so tradition says. No one knows much about the mine other than that a Dutchman, Jacob Waltz, claimed to have found gold there. He bought supplies with this gold, and was somehow able to give would be followers the slip whenever he went to visit it. When he died he took the location of...

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  • A Forest Scene

    The Tonto National Forest, slightly smaller than Connecticut at nearly 3 million acres, is the 5th largest National Forest in the USA. Geographically, it covers a huge area in central Arizona, extending from just south of Phoenix northward half-way to Flagstaff. This results in the forest encompassing a varied geography, from the mountains and...

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  • Salt River Bridge & Roosevelt Dam

    When we were about half-way to Payson, we turned off the 4-lane Rte. 87 and began our swing south on highway 188. This paved and smooth road will take you to the Theodore Roosevelt Lake, formed by a dam on the Salt River. The T. Roosevelt dam was completed in 1911 with huge stone blocks forming a 270 ft. high arch to control the flow of the Salt...

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  • Now This is a Cactus !

    Definitely the most impressive vegetation that you will come across in the deserts of Arizona is the Saguaro Cactus. We were not long outside of Phoenix before we were into the Tonto National Forest and these things were popping up everywhere as we drove along. Although they can grow to be 50 ft. high and reach 200 years, an average Saguaro is...

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Apache Junction Hotels

Apache Junction Restaurants

  • Tortilla Flat Was FAmous-Now?

    The food is not the reason to show up here, I am guessing as a tourist who knows a good meal when I find one. This food was prepared ahead of time for the burgers, and they were cold. the plate and fries were equally unattractive and not that good. Price was $9 for a burger. Then I heard that the chili is why people come to eat here. I will not be...

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  • Local bar/restaurant for the cowboys

    This is a sit down restaurant, but a large patio with a dance floor draws a lot of locals out here to have a good time and drink beer. The fried chicken was the specialty, but my was it pricey for what you get. The one piece is $8 and to get a half chicken is costs $10.25. Burgers(small) are $7-8. They call themselves a roadhouse, because it is...

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  • Decent Food, Decent Price

    This place seems in an out of the way place in Gold Canyon. When we were there, the place was packed. The food was very good and the wait was about avearge. The menu had the typical American food and reasonable prices. I would not hesitate to eat there again.This tip is also inmy Pheonix pages...... Everything was good that we ordered.

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Apache Junction Local Customs

  • Mobile homes & RV's Prevail

    This town of about 40,000 has probably 90% mobile homes and RV's. They mostly are situated in parks, and some have walls to cover up the rows of units. I am not picking on these folks-per se, but they mostly are retirees, and come down here for the winter, and the look/appearance for a community is not that appealing. It also devalues the home...

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  • Old Store on Hwy 88

    What an experience of going back in time 40-50 years. Nothing has changed, nor has the owner, nice guy and craggy weather worn face frm being out in the wind, and trying to make a living selling rocks.

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  • Swap Meets-Junk to Treasures

    There is an outdoor one that I went to and it was a "trip" There were so many misfits of society selling the trash they have collected, and/or traded for. They are all very serious business people, though, and want to make a buck while sitting out in the hot sun; actually they have tents covering the goods. No doubt they are a nice group of people,...

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Apache Junction Warnings and Dangers

  • Cholla Sticks to Anything/Eberything

    I got a couple stuck to the rubber and leather of my boot. Oh, what a time to get it out by pulling, and hopefully not getting stuck in the hand. Maybe should have had a tool to pull out the spikes. They are like glue, and attach to anything that comes by. They did for sure, and the spikes can be painful if pierces the skin.

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  • Cattle are on the Side Roads off Apache...

    There are open range grazing for some area in Superstition Mtn area. This is not fenced, so driving must be slow enough to be able to stop if you see them in the road. The cattle do not move, and area used to intruders on their turf, and do not like it. I did come across a herd of 12 that would not move out of the road for a while, until they felt...

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  • Hwy 88-Curvy for 20+ MIles

    This has continuous curves and sharp hairpin turns, switchbacks and general dangerous driving. For the first 22 miles in getting to Tortilla Flats, it took us about 45 minutes to get there. Being a passenger, I felt like I was being jerked and shoved around the back seat, as the driver kept speeding up, then braking. Not a good driver on these type...

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Apache Junction Off The Beaten Path

  • Apache Lake

    With a surface area of over 2500 acres, Apache Lake is the second largest of the Salt River Reservoirs after Roosevelt Lake. There are lots of boating, camping and picnicking opportunities all along the shore. Game fish including Walleye, Trout, Bass, Bluegill, Catfish and Crappie abound in the lake.

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  • Fish Creek Canyon

    Another nice place to pull off Arizona Highway 88 ("The Apache Trail") to relax, and take in some spectacular scenery is at the Fish Creek Canyon Viewpoint. Fish Creek Hill is famous for it's rugged scenery and the steep, narrow, winding descent into the canyon. Once down there you will see a pristine riparian area with groves of Sycamore, Ash,...

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  • Canyon Lake

    Canyon Lake is located just off Arizona Highway 88 "The Apache Trail". It is 10 miles long and has 28 miles of shoreline, and is next to Saguaro Lake on the west and Apache Lake on the east. There are lots of boating, camping and picnicking opportunities all along the shore. Game fish including Walleye, Trout, Bass, Bluegill, Catfish and Crappie...

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Apache Junction Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking Gold Mine trail

    This is a relatively easy hike along the level plain following the road all the way back to Hwy 60, and beyond. It was the thought of a group of people to preserve the area, and allow long hikes. Said to be close by somewhere is the Lost Dutchman mine-

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  • Hiking Peralta Trail

    This was one of those hiking over large boulders and going mostly through a dry creek bed. It was tough on the legs after a while, even though there were some flat spots. Then the climb to the crest of the hike. The hike is about 2 1/2 miles one way, and rated about 3-4 rank. Not a lot of elevation, but a lot of lumbering over rocks/boulders and...

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  • Hiking Siphon Draw-Supersition Mtns

    I took the long way to get to the foot of the draw, which climbs up a steep slick rock of about 1200 feet in 1 mile at a 6degree angle, to reach the Flatiron top peak. I did not get all the way up and stopped at the Basin that begins the draw approach. To go further takes a long time, is rigorous, and rain was threatening to start. I did not want...

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Road Closed-Often and Unexpected
Warnings and Dangers
Tonto Pass Mandatory in some Areas
Warnings and Dangers
Hwy 88-Apache Trail-Dangerous When Rains
Warnings and Dangers
Peralta Rd Rough-Bumpy
Warnings and Dangers
Bees Will Sting for Water
Warnings and Dangers
Tacky Looking Liquor Stores
Local Customs
The Apache Trail
Off The Beaten Path
Discover the little creeks in Superstition Mtns.
Off The Beaten Path
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