Apache Trail
~ Apache Trail, Arizona ~
~ A Side Trip on the Way to and from a Truck-In at Phoenix Raceway ~


The East rim of the Salt River canyon... Highway 60 West, heading toward Phoenix...

We have to go down the mountain and cross the Salt River... That's it at the bottom...

Down the right side and cross the river at the X.... then wind back to the top on the left side...

Approaching Apache Junction... The Superstition Mountains in the distance... The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine is supposed to be hidden in these mountains, it hasn't been discovered to date...

Which way did he go George?

Looking down into 'Tortilla Flats'... No town there now...

A little closer view from in front of the van this time...

The X marks the bridge in the next picture...

The bridge at the bottom... Won't get your feet wet in that crick...

Giant saguaro cactus... keeping sentinel in the desert...

Well now, Frank is about six feet tall...that one must be about 40 feet high...

Roosevelt Dam... Named for Theodore Roosevelt... Said to be the largest masonry dam in the world at the time...

Holding back Roosevelt Lake... when full extending 23 miles long...

But in 1978, dangerously low... and this is an important water supply for Phoenix and the Salt river below...

A good view from the top there, the last pic and the next were taken from there...

You can see from the water marks, where the level has been and is supposed to be...

About a third of the way up Lake Roosevelt, a cave dwelling up high...

On the way up... hundreds of saguaros and cholla cactus... They call the cholla the 'jumping cactus' and get near one and you will see what they mean...

Lots of these dwellings all over Arizona... This one is at Tonto National Monument...

They say these were occupied 600 years ago by the Salado indians...

To the left, a large clump of cholla cactus, also called the 'teddy bear' cactus and 'jumping' cactus...

This dwelling was in a cave that measures 85 feet wide and 40 feet deep

And contained 20 rooms...

A view of Lake Roosevelt from the cave dwelling...

The area at the top of this picture that looks like sand is the dry lake bed, normally filled with water...

One more view of Lake Roosevelt on the way down...

And then on to Superior, Arizona and heading back to St Joseph...



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