Superstition Mountains -- Dispersed Sites along Hwy 88
Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2021

We Just Keep Comin' Back!

The Superstition Mountains are stunning, everywhere you look!  Both sunrise and sunset from this area are absolutely incredible.  So, any camping experience is going to be memorable.   Hutch started and ended his "50 Mile Something" for his 5oth birthday from this spot, so it's especially memorable for us.  Check this out:  https://youtu.be/75aOgtrnB44

If you are self-contained, or follow LNT principles, continue up the Apache Trail to the summit between the west side and the east. Just 2 miles before the Fish Creek Overlook, lie several dispersed areas off the dirt road to camp for up to 14 days. The road to the overlook is busy on weekend days, despite the generally poor condition of the dirt road. Hey, let’s not make it any worse, SLOW DOWN to prevent further rutting! 

During 2021, the road to Apache Lake was closed at the overlook as the result of a landslide. Options for reaching that lake include driving back to Apache Junction and following the pavement all the way around through Globe, AZ– a three-hour drive. Camping here was quiet and serene at night when nearly all the day-time traffic had disappeared. Hiking and biking opportunities were within close proximity, as well as paddling on Canyon lake, 10 miles down the valley. 

The closest services for food and ice are in the quaint town of Tortilla Flat, 7 miles down the valley. This is an incredibly popular day-time spot for lunch, even on weekdays. It can be a little crazy, even during the COVID year, so just a heads up. Further down the valley 15 miles or so is the Phoenix suburb of Apache Junction which has all the usual stuff for groceries, gas, and more RV parks than you can shake a stick at. Since it’s one way in and one way out at the time of this review, it makes sense to fill up before you get here.

  • Full moon rising!
  • The afterglow of sunset over the Superstition Mountains.
  • Sunrise!
  • This jeep trail is also great for horses and hiking, called Tortilla Trail, and just up the road from this spot.
  • Sun setitng while the full moon is rising....doesn't get much better than this!
  • Views for days, maybe weeks?
  • Kayaking on Canyon Lake, just down the hill.
  • Sunset from the Jeep trail nearby.
  • Just a half mile up the road from this spot, you'll find this view.  Can you spot Hamlet in this video?
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  • We boondocked right next to the horse corral.  For 2 nights, we had some hoofed neighbors.
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