Starting at the Woodbury trailhead in the Superstition Mountains, the Fire burned its way through the entire Superstition Wilderness. The Apache Trail was used as a firebreak to prevent the fire from moving north.
The once-in-a-lifetime storm dumped 6 inches of water in a matter of hours. Several culverts washed out and boulders pummeled Fish Creek Hill, the most scenic section of the Apache Trail.
Due to the damage to Fish Creek Hill caused by Tropical Storm Lorena, the Arizona Department of Transportation indefinitely closed the most scenic section of the Apache Trail.
The road is now blocked by a large locked metal gate.
This closure affects:
ADOT continues to falsely claim the rockfall on Fish Creek Hill was caused by the Woodbury Fire. However, examining the official data shows the fire did not impact Fish Creek Hill.
Use the map below to examine the data.
Central Federal Lands has funded a project to upgrade and make improvements to the Apache Trail between Roosevelt Dam and Apache Lake in 2022.
However, these improvements DO NOT include the rockfall on Fish Creek Hill and will not restore motorized travel through the closed 7 mile section of the Apache Trail.
With your help, we can re-open the entire Apache Trail!
We have made significant gains with local political leaders but we need your help! We need to ensure this historical treasure stays open for all.
We have made it easy to send an email to Arizona Governor. Please use the form below to send our pre written email.
The Apache Trail is an integral part of Arizona Statehood. It facilitated the construction of the first water project under the Bureau of Reclamation, and created the path for electricity into the township of Phoenix.
Owner – Mother Lode Mercantile
Apache Trail Historian
Apache Trail Tours 1993 – 2007
Founder – AZBackroads.com
Motorized Access Advocate
Owner – Apache Lake Marina & Resort
1974 – 2021
Pinal County Supervisors Office
Pinal County Supervisor