Phoenix to Springerville – Now

Grand Canyon type views of Arizona After making it to the Phoenix area, Baker’s 1914 route took us east to Apache Junction, which proceeds northeast on the historic Apache Trail (Highway 88). This road was built in 1912, only two years before Cannon Ball came through, and it is still dirt, just as he rode it. Beware! This is a dirt road, about 45 miles in length and is a narrow, single lane road most of the way – although travel is allowed in both directions. Anyone traveling this road needs to take care that there is oncoming traffic, and in some of the winding sections there are some cliffs with no guardrails. Below you will see some photos. Be careful! Also, Hwy 88 may not be open year round. After reaching the pavement at Roosevelt Lake, we proceeded south on Highway 188 to Globe. For riders of street-only motorcycles, note that Highway 60 from the Phoenix/Mesa area intersects Highway 188 near Globe. The paved route on Highways 60/77 proceeds to Show Low, then 60 to Springerville. We are, however still researching this area for some possible off-road alternatives. This area is primarily Indian land, so there are some travel issues we are checking out.

After leaving Apache Junction on Highway 88, the road is paved up to the Apache Recreation area and boat launch.

The road may be slightly wider now than when Baker rode thru here, but it is pretty much a one-lane road, yet traffic flows in both directions, so be careful if you ride thru here.

Heading north, there is a section not far from the start of the dirt section that is steep and narrow, with no guard rail. Even a motorcycle would have difficulty getting past a car or truck coming up, so be sure you have a clear road to the bottom before proceeding.

The pavement ends after passing Tortilla Flats and is a dirt road for the next 35 or so miles. The views are great as the road snakes back through the classic Arizona backcountry.

After getting back on the pavement at Roosevelt Lake, the highway winds down to Globe where we picked up Highway 60/77 and headed to Show Low, then on to Springerville.

There are some great canyon views on Highway 60/77 heading towards Show Low.

Another view on Highway 60/77.

On our way out of Springerville heading towards New Mexico, we located this section of the old original road. It is no longer in use, but we wanted to see if we could connect it back to the highway the next time we come through here.

The Madonna of the Trail statue in Springerville, AZ.

In Springerville, we came across one of the statues built by the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorating the highway to its days of the old wagon trains and the role that women played with getting their families safely to the west. We would see some of the other statues on our travels east.