Apache Trail to Tortilla Flats

The park we are working in borders the Tonto National Forest - indeed some of the archery range we are parked by is actually in the national forest land.

When we were here last time we explored Tonto very little - basically just heading up over the hill that our park is on to see what was on the other side.

I want to see more of it now that we are here longer - so this afternoon after church and lunch we jumped into the Adventuremobile for a longer ride.  We heard tell of Prickly Pear Ice Cream at a place called Tortilla Flats.

Tortilla Flats is just past Canyon Lake and started life as campground for gold prospectors and later served as a stagecoach and freight stop during the construction of the Roosevelt Dam - which was further than we wanted to go today.

The drive was quite pretty - possibly the best we’ve done in Arizona.  There were just enough curves and hills for interesting scenery but not so much elevation gain as to make MsBoyink ill. While we are not always moved by artificial lakes created by dams this one was nicely set against the rock and with the vast population of Saguaro Cactus made for some great photos.

We had our Prickly Pear - but in gelato form rather than ice cream. It was quite tasty! We sauntered around a bit, found a fridge magnet for our collection, and returned home to supper ready in the crockpot (always such a nice thing!).

 

Driving the Apache Trail

Driving the Apache Trail

MsBoyink waited back in the adventure mobile

MsBoyink waited back in the adventure mobile

View from the top - all Tonto National Forest in sight

View from the top - all Tonto National Forest in sight

A motorcyclist enjoys the road

A motorcyclist enjoys the road

Awesome views

Awesome views

Canyon Lake off in the distance

Canyon Lake off in the distance

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery

Tall rock bluffs around the lake

Tall rock bluffs around the lake

Thorny plant next to the lake

Thorny plant next to the lake

Pretty rock bluff

Pretty rock bluff

Our real reason for driving - Prickly Pear Cactus flavored Gelato

Our real reason for driving - Prickly Pear Cactus flavored Gelato

Inside the Saloon - dollar bills cover the walls.

Inside the Saloon - dollar bills cover the walls.

Said dollar bills

Said dollar bills

Another angle coming back

Another angle coming back

One of a couple single-lane bridges to cross

One of a couple single-lane bridges to cross

Late afternoon sun

Late afternoon sun

Saguaros up on a ridge

Saguaros up on a ridge

The adventuremobile by Lake Canyon

The adventuremobile by Lake Canyon

Apache Trail

Have you ever driven the Apache Trail?  Or stayed at nearby Usery Mountain Regional Park?. It’s one of our favorites!

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