State Route 88 (Apache Trail)

Due to the recent closure of most parts of the Tonto National Forest and severe damage resulting from the Woodbury Fire, sections of State Route 88 (Apache Trail) are closed pending further notice.

Current status

  • Apache Junction (milepost 194) to Tortilla Flat (milepost 212) remains open to traffic - Open to traffic
  • Just east of Tortilla Flat (milepost 213) to Fish Creek Hill Overlook/Rest Area (milepost 220) - Closed to the public
  • Fish Creek Hill Overlook/Rest Area (milepost 220) to Apache Lake Marina (milepost 229) - Closed indefinitely
  • Apache Lake Marina (milepost 229) to Roosevelt (milepost 242) - Closed to traffic

Fire, Flood and Closures

In June and July of 2019, the Woodbury Fire burned forest along and near SR 88 in the Tonto National Forest. Crews closed SR 88 during and immediately after the fire. The road was opened in segments in the weeks following the fire. By late August, the road was fully open.

On September 23, 2019, remnants of Tropical Storm Lorena dumped up to six inches of rain over the Woodbury Fire burn scar. The resulting flood caused millions of dollars in damages to the road, particularly between the Fish Creek Hill overlook and rest area (MP 220) and the Apache Lake Marina (MP 229). 

In July of 2020 officials closed Tonto National Forest prompting the closure of SR 88 east of Tortilla Flat and between Roosevelt and Apache lakes. 

Background

State Route 88/Apache Trail was constructed in 1904 to provide construction access for the Roosevelt Dam, which was completed in 1911. Much of the route, particularly east of Tortilla Flat, retains its original historic character.

More information about Tonto National Forest restrictions is available at fs.usda.gov/tonto.