Saturday, March 27, 2010

Apache Trail aka Superstition Mountain Loop

Thursday we took one of the most stunning road tours we have taken to date - The Apache Trail around Superstition Mountain in Apache Junction, AZ. This is described in Frommer's Guidebooks as "Best scenic drive in Arizona" and we would not argue with that assessment at all. This is a one hundred twenty mile loop that is advertised as a two hour tour but we took over six hours and stopped only as the sun began setting. Twenty two miles are narrow, gravel switchback roads that showed us the deepest of canyons and tallest of bluffs and the array of colors was magnificent. The spring flowers are starting to come out in this high desert and mountain region and the added color to the perpetual colored rocks is stunning. We came across three canyon lakes and a huge dam. We took over 450 photos and wished for more, at times, but the time was getting shorter and darker. If you ever get in the Phoenix area, this is one "gotta see" sight that we would recommend you gotta see! From the greeting mural in Apache Springs to the many mountain, desert and canyon sights, to the former mining and now ghost towns, this is a "don't miss" area. We brought our picnic lunch as we usually do when we travel and it was not difficult finding a beautiful vista to see while "dining."

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