On the Trail, Off the Beaten Path



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There is more to Greater Phoenix than meets the eye. The serenity and beauty from Phoenix through Tortilla Flat and Apache Junction is sheer perfection. There are cosmopolitan delights and lush green golf courses on one side, mountain ranges and desert terrain on the other. Among this are intriguing opportunities to discover, rejuvenate and indulge. Visitors to Phoenix find that they run out time before they run out interesting things to do.

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Day 1 - Phoenix, Mesa, Apache Junction


The Apache Lake Recreation Area is along the 120-mile Apache Trail, which has the distinction of being the only recognized Historic and Scenic Highway in Arizona. This scenic route ventures past deserts, mountains, cliff dwellings, lake shores, through old mining towns and canyons. Constructed in 1919, the route was intended to link the rural copper industry to the Phoenix market and as a service road for the construction of Roosevelt Dam. Despite the impracticality of the narrow route, it has fascinated visitors for decades. Goldfield Ghost Town, an authentic 1890s mining town, offers many funky shops and historic buildings. The historic Mammoth Gold Mine and Goldfield Museum offer tours, and guests can pan for gold or ride on Arizona's only narrow gauge train. At its height Goldfield boasted three saloons, a boarding house, several shops and a school house. Actors reenact old west gunfights and couples exchange vows in the small chapel on site. Located in the town, The Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon features a restored antique stagecoach and offers steaks, burgers and cold brews.


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Apache Lake Recreation Area

Location:

2324 E Mcdowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Contact:

tel: 602-225-5200


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Superstition Wilderness Area

Location:

26 N. MacDonald, Room 120
26 N. MacDonald, P.O. Box 5800
Mesa, AZ 85211-5800

Contact:

tel: 480-610-3300


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Goldfield Ghost Town and Mine Tours Inc.

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Location:

4650 North Mammoth Mine Road
Ariz. 88, 4 miles northeast of Apache Junction
Apache Junction, AZ 85220

Contact:

tel: +1 480 983 0333
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Day 2 - Scottsdale


A favorite option for Arizona Desert Tours is their dinner BBQ overlooking the Superstition Mountains.


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Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum

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Location:

, 85027

Contact:

tel: +1 623 465 1052
fax: +1 623 465 0683
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Arizona Desert Mountain Jeep Tours

Location:

6303 East Cochise Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Contact:

tel: +1 480 860 1777 / +1 800 567 3619
fax: +1 480 607 0495
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