"Apache Trail" Tortilla Flat by Aaron7

Tortilla Flat Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 61 photos

Apache Trail (Route 88)

The Apache Trail runs along the Salado River Basin from Apache Junction in the west to Roosevelt Lake in the east. It varies from two lane highway in the west to a twisty dirt path on the eastern end. It was only 41 miles, so I thought it would take an hour to drive. But I found it was more of a three hour tour due to the blind turns, steep grades and one lane roads. Don't trust the curve ahead signs, they are way too tight to be curves. ;-) There are some great vistas along the way though so be ready to stop a lot and keep the camera handy!

Stops include:
Apache Junction
Lost Dutchman State Park (see Apache Junction)
Canyon Lake
Tortilla Flat
Fish Creek Hill
Fish Creek
Apache Lake
Roosevelt Dam

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat is a flyspeck town along Apache Trail. It cosists of little more than a saloon and gift shop. Just a rest stop before you start the arduous trail east toward Roosevelt Lake. Or just after if you head west like I did! Although it is almost the midpoint of Apache Trail, it lies very close to the transition of the trail from a two lane highway to a twisting narrow dirt road carved into cliff sides.

Nearby Locations:
Horse Mesa (Apache Lake)
Apache Junction

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful views!
  • Cons:A nightmare to drive!
  • Last visit to Tortilla Flat: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 23, 2004
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2009 at 2:44 AM

    Thank you for introducing me to this trail. Will have to check it out. Those "tight curves" or "switchbacks" still get me nervous at times. Hope your birthday finds you on another great adventure.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 1:11 PM

    Good page and amazing sceneries... typical for northern Arizona and most of Utah, right? Haha, I enjoyed that area a lot...

  • Gatopardo's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2004 at 9:00 PM

    oh gosh, this pioctures are amazing

  • thecatsmeow's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2004 at 10:44 PM

    Boy Aaron that opening picture is absolutely the cats meow! The link to the other pics is great. =^oo^= Joyce

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2004 at 6:46 AM

    Nice scenery


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