The other day we took the opportunity to drive up to Canyon Lake in the Superstition Mountains. It’s one of three lakes in the Superstition Wilderness area and part of the 60 mile Apache Trail. (Which believe it or not reminds me of the Road to Hana on Maui because it’s the thing to do when you’re in the area).
The three lakes are Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and Roosevelt Lake and next week we plan on trying to visit the other two. There are a lot of areas to camp up in these mountains – state park, national park, boondocking with your RV and even boondocking at boat only accessible campgrounds. The only challenge is getting there, if you have a boat, you can camp at one of the boat accessible spots, but if you’re like most people you have an RV and even though we saw a lot of bigger motorhomes and 5th wheels the road isn’t really a road we’d be comfortable taking Myles, the motorhome. Very sharp turns with at least two bridges that we crossed that were only single lane.
The Apache Trail is a former stagecoach route through the Superstition Mountains. This winding route travels through 40 miles of rugged mountain terrain, past a chain of deep blue lakes and alongside steep-sided canyon walls and magnificent rocky outcroppings. If you set out to drive this loop give yourself a full day. It takes about 5-7 hours exploring the approximately 135-mile loop depending on how many stops you take along the way to see the sights and enjoy the lakes. The other two lakes are Roosevelt Lake and Apache Lake. Plus there’s the little town of Tortilla Flats a little past Canyon Lake. We only made it as far as Canyon Lake so we’ve still got a lot to explore while we are in the area.
Canyon Lake was beautiful and we ended up taking the beautiful “Dolly” Steamboat Cruise. During this 1.5-hour, 6-mile cruise we saw desert bighorn sheep, a bald eagle, a blue heron, saguaro cactus, barrel cactus and desert varnish. In a tribute to “Where’s Waldo”, can you spot the bighorn sheep in the pictures below? (Hint, the picture in the middle is what you’re looking for in the other two pictures.) You really don’t appreciate the majesticness of the canyon until you see the wildlife within it and see how small they are in the distance. It’s truly amazing.
We also saw a bald eagle near its nesting site, we looked and looked but didn’t see it’s mate, we did, however, get to see where it nests. Up at the very top of that pinnacle. My fear of ledges would make it impossible for me to live there, but then again, I don’t have wings either.
It was a gorgeous 90-minute tour of the canyon and not expensive either. They run tours at noon and 2:00 every day. If you get the opportunity, it’s definitely a tour you shouldn’t miss. I mean, how can you go wrong on a boat ride during a beautiful day?
Stay safe and keep making those memories.
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