Apache Trail Revisit
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
51Trip End Apr 09, 2008
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This road was originally a native trail and, during the early years of Phoenix settlement, was the only road into the community from the North and East. It was upgraded and used for transportation of the material and supplies required during the construction of the Roosevelt Dam at the end of the 19th century
We made a brief stops, first in Apache Junction at the foot of Superstition Mtn and then in Tortilla Flats for icecream. At the second stop we wondered, when we saw water running across the road, what conditions we would experience along the trail. Arizona has experienced 13 years of drought and the smaller reservoirs and creeks are often dry stream beds. This year there has been more rain and we see instances of small streams throughout the landscape. However, while the road was washboardy in places, the conditions were good.
We took our time, stopping for photos in a number of places. In the end we decided that we like the views heading west from the dam better although that is really being picky! In some ways, I think the drive may be more challenging when you travel towards Phoenix as well.
Once we were back on pavement we made a brief stop at a state park to get info on the cliff dwellings and decided that it would merit a days visit on its own. Tonto Monument Park is beautiful and it will take time and effort to see the ruins.
The drive back from Globe on Hwy #60 was challenging. For part of the trip we followed a transport with 'smoking' brakes. The grades are steep and the road curvy. The landscape changes in this area. This is mining country and there is evidence of the copper and other mines for many miles along the road. This area merits another visit!