On our past trip to Arizona we had read about the Apache Trail but it was the wrong direction to where we were headed (Sedona). On this trip we decided to squish this in on and drive the loop on our last full day.
It takes close to 45 minutes to just get to the start of the Apache Trail from Scottsdale. When you do reach the Apache Trail, it is an amazing drive with the most incredible scenery and natural formations. On the chilly day that we went, there was light snow on the ground and snow capped Superstition Mountain up above. We took so many incredible pictures that day.– Without question it was the best scenery we saw on our trip. I had found this guide to use which was a great help for there are not a lot of signs along the way to describe what you are seeing.
We made several short stops – especially enjoyed stop right before FishCreek Hill. A paved path takes you out to the edge and we then followed a dirt path out even further to look over the Canyon. It was really incredible.
However my words of advice for fellow travelers — You need a full day to devote to this if you want to do and truly enjoy the entire loop. And be sure to include a nice hike at Lost Dutchman State Park or a boat ride ( I read there is a great one) to breakup the drive. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way at one of the stops. Between the time to get there and back and to do the loop can be very tiring for the driver. I wish we had made one long stop and turned around partway through. Nevertheless, it still was a spectacular drive well worth seeing.