Apache Trail today, a 41.5 mile scenic byway near Phoenix and Mesa, AZ....WOW! To the south are the Superstition Mountains. This highway traverses part of the Tonto National Forest....Steep sided canyons, rock outcroppings, terrific geologic formations alongside the road...There's an awesome section called Fish Creek Canyon, which is particularly beautiful and the road just barely hugs the side of it. I could have reached out and touched canyon walls EASILY many times today. Lots of places to pull over and take photos--every one of them picture postcard perfect. There are restroom stops along the way, too. The first part of the trail is paved highway, and then the road turns to dirt....if you stop and turn around at this point, you've missed the most spectacular scenery of all! The drive is not for the nervous or faint of heart as there are LOTS of hairpin curves, switchbacks, and several one lane bridges. Taking an RV is NOT an option, at least not past Canyon Lake.
The travel link in the blog to the trail is very descriptive, organized, and gives excellent and detailed information all about the highway, so I'll just mention a few things that impressed us....we enjoyed seeing Canyon Lake and Apache Lake very much...Those are two out of three manmade reservoirs in the Apache Trail loop and to see that much water and recreational area in the middle of the desert was cool! There is a really nice campground at Canyon Lake and we did see some class A motorhomes staying there...There is also a marina.
What a day! What views! And this is just a warmup for the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Bryce, the northwest and many other natural wonders of our country.....
I just found your blog this morning, and really enjoyed your view of the Apache Trail and Goldfields. We were just there, doing the same thing during the last week of March, with much the same thoughts as you had for each place. Looking forward to following your blog.ReplyDelete
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