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Apache Trail

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Other Names

Apache Trail Loop, Tonto National Forest, Superstition Wilderness, Apache Junction, Salt River Valley, Fish Creek Hill, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Theodore Roosevelt Dam, Roosevelt Lake

Last Known StatusOpen

Apache Trail is a 200 mile mostly paved scenic byway loop that starts from Apache Junction and connects Hwy 88 to I-60 back to Apache Junction. After passing Tortilla Flat (near mile marker 23) the road turns into a well-maintained dirt road that continues for 22 miles toward Roosevelt Dam.

The Superstition Wilderness, Four Peaks Wilderness, Three Bar Wildlife Area and portions of the Tonto National Forest surround this loop, making it a very scenic drive. There are some OHV trails in this general area, but Apache Trail itself is not really an ATV or motorcycle trail, it is a road.

There are plenty of hiking and equestrian trails, camping areas, boating and rafting areas, ghost towns and numerous sightseeing opportunities.

The Tonto National Monument has guided tours of the ancient cliff dwellings of the Saledo civilization. RVs and vehicles hauling long trailers may wish to avoid this route, as there are many blind spots and narrow sections.

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Permit RequiredNostreet legal vehicles only
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNo
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesProhibitedstreet legal vehicles only
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibitedstreet legal vehicles only
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibitedstreet legal vehicles only
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permittedstreet legal vehicles only
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibitedstreet legal vehicles only
2 Stroke EnginesProhibitedstreet legal vehicles only
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibited
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol


Areascenic byway
LandNational Forest, Wilderness


Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Tonto National Forest Campground Fees
CommentTonto National Forest camping fees vary from around $10/night to $40/night. Call (602) 225-5200 for current rates.


Prosvery scenic drive, plenty of boating, camping, fishing and sight seeing opportunities
Consno OHV trails, area is surrounded by wilderness and wildlife land
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayFull Day
Winter/Early Spring
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Nearest CityApache Juntion, AZ
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Mesa, AZ
1) Take Hyw 89 East toward Apache Junction
2) Turn north on Hwy 89 at Apache Junction
3) This is the start of the Apache Trail
4) There is no staging area because there are NO MOTORIZED TRAILS (this area is suitable for dual sport only).


Contact InfoTonto National Forest
2324 E. Mcdowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 225-5200


Apache Trail Riding Area Photo

Apache Trail Riding Area

Photo Submitted 8/17/2011 (Thanks!)

Apache Trail Riding Area Photo

OHV at Apache Trail Riding Area

Photo Submitted 6/6/2012 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size422,400 acres (660 sq mi)
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2000 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis riding area has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe riding area has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis riding area has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe riding area has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe riding area has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis riding area has little rocks.Little
TreesThe riding area has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis riding area has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe riding area has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis riding area has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis riding area has no large jumps.None
BermsThe riding area has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis riding area has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis riding area has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
narrow sections of road with blind spots
Easy Terrain NoviceThis riding area has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis riding area has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis riding area has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline GasolineApache Juntion, AZ
Diesel DieselApache Juntion, AZ
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)see map for various campground locations
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)see map for various RV campground locations
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)see map for various RV campground locations
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)see map for various campground locations
Convenience Store Conv StoreApache Juntion, AZ
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