Apache Trail Historic Auto Tour

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The Apache Trail is a scenic byway that is notable as one of the first highways in Arizona, and one of the first scenic auto tour routes in the world. It was first used by tourists in cars in 1906. The Apache Trail was established with that name in 1915.

Today the Apache Trail is marked as a loop tour, including the original Apache Trail (highway AZ 88), part of AZ 188, and the section of US 60 between Globe and Apache Junction originally called the Apache Trail Bypass, and later the Old West Highway.

The entire loop drive passes through spectacular scenery in the Superstition Mountains, Roosevelt Lake, and Queen Creek Canyon. It crosses or passes near a number of notable bridges and tunnels, ranging from historic to modern, some endangered. Most of the bridges on AZ 88 are one-lane. This tour offers a lot for the bridgehunter. The round trip can be done in one very full day.

A 22-mile section of AZ 88 is unpaved and very narrow, with sharp curves, steep grades, and no guard rails, and is only recommended for cars (2WD OK), pickups, and SUVs. In particular, RVs and trailers are not advised. There is no gasoline available on AZ 88 between Apache Junction and Roosevelt Dam.

For more information, including a tour map, see the following links:

http://apachetrailarizona.com/ - Apache Trail official web site, with maps

https://www.facebook.com/ApacheTrailHistory - Lots of photos

http://www.amwest-travel.com/awt_apachetrail.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Trail


Alchesay Canyon Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1905; traffic rerouted to new bridge 1990
Concrete arch bridge over Alchesay Canyon on AZ 88
Open to pedestrians only

Boulder Creek Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1916; rehabilitated 1937
4-span through truss bridge over Boulder Creek on AZ 88
Open to traffic

Claypool Tunnel (Pinal County, Arizona)
Built 1926; replaced by new tunnel 1952
Tunnel on former US 60
Derelict/abandoned

Cordova Avenue Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1918
Concrete arch bridge over Bloody Tanks Wash on Cordova Avenue in Miami
Open to traffic

Davis Wash Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1939
Slab bridge over Davis Wash on AZ 88
Open to traffic

Dry Wash Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1928
Steel stringer bridge over Dry Wash on AZ 88
Open to traffic

First Water Creek Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1924; rehabilitated 1969
Through truss bridge over First Water Creek on AZ 88
Open to traffic

Fish Creek Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1923 by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co.
Pony truss bridge over Fish Creek on AZ 88
Open to traffic

Inspiration Avenue Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1918
Concrete arch bridge over Bloody Tanks Wash on Inspiration Avenue in Miami
Open to traffic

Keystone Avenue Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1918
Concrete arch bridge over Bloody Tanks Wash on Keystone Avenue in Miami
Open to traffic

Lewis Pranty Creek Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1922
Pony truss bridge over Lewis Pranty Creek on AZ 88
Open to traffic

Magma Avenue Bridge (Pinal County, Arizona)
Built 1910; rehabilitated 1947
Concrete arch bridge over Queen Creek on Magma Avenue in Superior
Open to traffic

Miami Avenue Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1918
Concrete arch bridge over Bloody Tanks Wash on Miami Avenue in Miami
Open to traffic

Pine Creek Bridge (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1925
2-span concrete arch bridge over Pine Creek on AZ 88
Open to traffic

Pinto Creek Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1949
Steel arch bridge over Pinto Creek on US 60
Open to traffic

Queen Creek Bridge (Pinal County, Arizona)
Built 1949
Steel arch bridge over Queen Creek and former US 60, on US 60
Open to traffic

Queen Creek Bridge (old) (Pinal County, Arizona)
US 60 rerouted to new bridge 1949
Open-spandrel arch bridge over Queen Creek on Superior Water Tank Access Road
Open to traffic on private road

Queen Creek Tunnel (Pinal County, Arizona)
Built 1952
Tunnel on US 60 in Queen Creek Canyon
Open to traffic

Reppy Avenue Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1921 by the Topeka Bridge Co.
Luten arch bridge over Bloody Tanks Wash on Reppy Avenue in Miami
Open to traffic

Roosevelt Lake Bridge (Gila County, Arizona)
Built 1992
Steel through arch bridge over Roosevelt Lake on AZ188
Open to traffic

Theodore Roosevelt Dam (Maricopa County, Arizona)
Built 1903-1911, carrying AZ 188. Roadway rerouted to separate bridge in 1992. Dam remains.
Dam on Salt River formerly carrying AZ 188
Replaced by separate bridge when dam reconstructed