Arizona Journals

Driving through Arizona

A May 2000 trip to Arizona by Amy Travels

Quote: As part of a ten-day vacation through the southwestern United States, my husband and I spent two days driving through Arizona (also see my journal about Flagstaff, Arizona.)

Driving through Arizona

Overview

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While in the Phoenix area we spent some time at Lost Dutchman State Park, had a late lunch/early dinner at Canyon Lake Marina, and drove along the scenic Apache Trail. Then, after spending the night in Holbrook, we explored Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.Quick Tips: If I had to do it over again, I would visit this area earlier in the spring. By the time of our trip (late May) the temperature was in the 100s. We weren't able to do a lot of the hiking we had planned because it was just too hot.Best Way To Get Around: Driving is the best way to travel between attractions. However, it's nice to park the car and do some hiking in the various state and national p...Read More

Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa

Hotel | "Super 8 Motel"

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The rooms at the Holbrook Super 8 were typical of other Super 8s we have stayed at. The rooms were clean and more than adequate. We have stayed at several Super 8s across the country and have always been satisfied with the price and consistency.

This particular Super 8 has an outdoor pool and whirlpool. Toast and coffee were available in the lobby area for breakfast. However, we opted for breakfast at the Roadrunner Cafe, which was located down the street from the Super 8.

Note: Holbrook is a good base from which to explore Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 30, 2000

Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa
2111 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504/566-1212

Canyon Lake Marina Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Canyon Lake is located in the Tonto National Forest, approximately 14 miles northeast of Apache Junction, Arizona. We never expected to see a clear blue lake in the middle of the desert, so it was quite a nice suprise. The restaurant looks out onto the lake. There is a deck off of the restaurant, but we prefered to eat in air-conditioned comfort. We arrived for a late lunch/early dinner, so we ordered cheeseburgers/sandwiches. We had plenty to eat, the service was prompt, and the prices were less than $10/person. If you have time, "Dolly's Steamboat" departs from the marina and takes tourists for a sightseeing cruise on Canyon Lake. There is a separate charge for t...Read More

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Roadrunner Cafe

Restaurant

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The Roadrunner Cafe was recommended to us by the staff at the Super 8 Motel. I had breakfast there, so I really can't comment on lunch and dinner. Even though the Super 8 serves coffee and toast in the morning, we like to eat a large breakfast before a day of sightseeing. At the Roadrunner Cafe we received plenty of food (more than what I can eat) to start our day. The service was also quick and friendly, and the food good.

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Lost Dutchman State Park

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Attraction

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Lost Dutchman State Park is located approximately five miles northeast of Apache Junction, Arizona, off of State Route 88 (also known as the Apache Trail.) Apache Junction is located just east of the Phoenix area. The park is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains and is filled with scenery you can only see in this part of the country, such as Saguaro Cactus. (I had to see a Saguaro Cactus before leaving the state of Arizona!) The park normally charges admission. I believe it was $5/car. However, on the afternoon we arrived in the park it was 109 degrees. So, the park ranger waived the fee, saying that due to the heat we probably wouldn't be spending much time there any...Read More

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Lost Dutchman State Park
5 miles ne of Apache Junction off State Route 88
Apache Junction, Arizona 85219
480-982-4485

Painted Desert

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Attraction | "Petrified Forest National Park/The Painted Desert"

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Petrified Forest National Park is located near the town of Holbrook, Arizona. If you are approaching the park from the west and wish to continue east, I recommend entering the park from Highway 180 on the south end. If you are approaching the park from the east and wish to continue west, I recommend entering the park from I-40, exit 311. This is to avoid back-tracking. Since we were approaching the park from Holbrook, which is to the west, we entered at the south entrance, off of Highway 180. If you are entering the park this way, I recommend fueling up in Holbrook, since Highway 180 is pretty desolate. We stopped at the Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center upon entering the pa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2000

Painted Desert

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Drive along the Apache Trail

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Story/Tip

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After eating at Canyon Lake Marina, we decided to continue along the Apache Trail (Route 88) on our way to Holbrook, Arizona, where we would spend the night. First, a few words of caution. If you are going to drive along the Apache Trail, it's best to drive from west to east. That way, you are on the lane closest to the mountainside, rather than on the edge of a cliff. Also, I would never drive along the Apache Trail in the rain or in the dark. In addition, I don't recommend the Apache Trail if the driver is inexperienced with mountain driving. Once you pass the town of Tortilla Flat (a little past Canyon Lake), the Apache Trail becomes gravel and remains gravel for another twent...Read More