We have something to offer everyone. The Apache Trail’s irresistible beauty spans miles of deserts, mighty canyons, jagged mountain peaks, and sparkling desert lakes that attract outdoor enthusiasts of any age. Welcome to Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and the Superstition Mountain area.

Apache Junction is the gateway to outdoor adventure and scenery that begins at the Junction and quickly reaches Canyon Lake and the old stagecoach stop at Tortilla Flat; an authentic remnant of an old west town. Soon the Trail becomes a dirt road with hairpin turns and steep cliffs as it passes Apache Lake and approaches Roosevelt Lake, which is nestled at the foot of the Superstition Mountain Range within the Tonto National Forest. Several breathtaking desert lakes including Canyon, Apache, Saguaro, and Roosevelt feature boating, water skiing, fishing, and camping. While paddle wheel boats offer cruises across both Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.

The Trail also hosts Goldfield, a ghost town that once was a boomtown during the late nineteenth century. Stroll down Goldfield’s Main Street and explore its many shops and historic buildings. Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold, take a ride on Arizona’s only narrow-gauge train or witness an old west gunfight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters! Spend a fun-filled day, rich in Wild West history.

Visitors may also visit the Superstition Mountain Museum, which hosts the history and artifacts of this dynamic region. With a plethora of Native American, natural history, and geology exhibits, this attraction is ideal for all ages.

Experience the striking year-round beauty of the Sonoran Desert on one of the numerous hiking trails, where stately Saguaro cactus merges with the Superstition Mountain. In spring, cactus blooms and colorful desert wildflowers are simply gorgeous while in summer, visitors can witness lightning storms above the mountain. An occasional winter snowfall that dusts the surrounding mountain peaks is the perfect setting for our blue skies and beautiful sunsets. This beautiful desert is home to many types of wildlife including birds, bobcats, coyotes, and even a few black bears.

In addition to the sights and outdoor experience, Apache Junction offers many events throughout the year. Each November on Veterans Day, we honor America’s bravest during The Veterans Day Parade as part of the Festival of the Superstitions. We take pride in several fine golf courses, including the award-winning Gold Canyon Golf Resort. Take a drive out on US Route 60 to the annual Arizona Renaissance Fair or the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The Apache Junction Performing Arts Center is host to many musical performances throughout the winters and our award-winning Lost Dutchman Marathon has been featured as one of the best small marathons in the country.

Don’t forget to stop at the Visitors Center, located in the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce building, for local maps, brochures, information, and friendly, helpful people whose goal is to assist you in finding the treasured experience you seek. I hope you enjoy your stay in Apache Junction and decide to come back again and again.

Steve Byfield

Board Chairman

Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee

Canyon Lake

Big Horne Sheep

Salt River

Weavers Needle

Photos by Jack Olson
Images in the Wilderness