Apache Land Trail

4.6/5 (10 reviews)
Queen Valley, Arizona (Pinal County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021

Trail Information

Highlights

Located near the small community of Queen Valley, there are numerous OHV trails that lead to all kinds of old foundations, stretches of road and other remnants of times past. This particular route travels past a once-popular group camping area and an abandoned quarry. The camping is really easy to access from the highway, yet far enough away to not disturb you during the night. Wonderful, wide-open​ campsites for groups or just a solo night under the stars, just minutes off the highway. Along the route, you'll be treated to spectacular vistas of the surrounding Superstition Mountains, endless varieties of cactus and if you time it right, the desert flower bloom. As you work your way north, the dramatic southern peaks of the Superstitions fill your windshield. You can take the short but challenging side trip up to the top of the old quarry for a very unique view of the east valley of Phoenix, Arizona.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (10)
600
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice easy trail, pretty flat for most of the trail with lots of smaller rocks. The quarry at the end is cool, next time we will be going up the more difficult hill climb but did not attempt it today.
Official Crew
10900
Open
Visited: 04/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I ran the trail outlined here but added the San Mateo Castro section to make this a 12 mile run. I have to say some of the trails on State Trust Land are very enjoyable and this was no exception. The section that runs to the top at waypoint 6 is the most challenging section. I continued down the backside after waypoint 7 (not on trail guide) and looped back to waypoint 5. It was a fun decent but had some rutted areas. At waypoint 12 I made a right and continued North on San Mateo Castro road until it intersected with Peralta Rd. There are a few sections with off camber climbs that required high clearance but this added some additional miles and scenery. Only saw a couple of other people by the Quarry. The rest I had to myself. Enjoyed for sure. I rated the trail as the guide shows as spot on but adding the additional sections would rate slightly harder.
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/31/2021

This trail is pretty sweet. I’m newer to the 4x4 world and went in my ‘03 RCSB Silverado. Getting to the Quarry portion was fairly easy, trail is pretty simple too. I only needed to put it in 4x4 because I was breaking traction going up the little rocky hill just before the quarry. Exiting was probably the hardest for me personally as a newbie. Pretty much really rocky and way bumpier than the trail leading up to it. (My truck also doesn’t have the greatest shocks right now) Great trail though, and having these pointers beforehand was great.
Official Crew
74350
Open
Visited: 07/07/2021

Arizona National Forests and State Lands are back open for travel. There are still some very important fire restrictions in place. These restrictions can often change by specific areas.
Official Crew
74350
Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/23/2021

Due to extremely high fire danger, exceptional drought conditions, resource availability, and increased fire activity, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Arizona State Land Department will implement closures to State Trust Land throughout Arizona. These closures are also in conjunction with our USFS partners. As of 8am on June 25, 2021, closures will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in all 15 counties. All state-owned and managed lands are closed to entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited year-round. AZ State Land Closures Notice

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