Apache Trail Scenic Byway

Area Status: Open

Sections of State Route 88 (Apache Trail) are closed pending further notice.

Open to traffic: Apache Junction (milepost 194) to Fish Creek Overlook/Rest Area (milepost 220)

Closed to traffic indefinitely: Fish creek Hill Overlook/Rest Area (milepost 220) to Apache Lake Marina (Milepost 229)

Open to traffic: Apache Lake Marina (milepost 229) to Roosevelt (milepost 242)

The scenic byway was designated in 1998, and is approximately 39 miles long, winding in and out of some of the most awe-inspiring country in Arizona--or for that matter, in the West. It is bound on the north by Canyon and Apache lakes, and on the south by the rugged Superstition Mountains and the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area.

General Information


SR 88 is currently CLOSED between Fish Point and the Apache Lake Marina, pending repairs by ADOT.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Scenic Driving

The scenic byway (with numerous sharp curves and narrow stretches of road) is safe to all but the reckless driver. Traffic is moderately heavy on weekends, less on weekdays. Pulling trailers of any type over this road is strongly discouraged. A significant part of the byway is unpaved, and is normally suitable for passenger cars. Keep to the right. DRIVE CAREFULLY AT ALL TIMES. At Fish Creek Hill (Milepost 222.5), the road is primarily one-way (with turnouts), climaxing in a 1,000-foot drop in elevation over a 15-17 percent grade, hugging the bronze bluffs. For closer viewing and photo-taking, please stop at the vista points where there is safe parking. DON'T look while driving! The road is safe but one must pay close attention to twists, blind-turns, and oncoming vehicles. Prepare yourself for a most unusual experience: some of the most spectacular scenery to be seen in all of the West.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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