Apache Maid Lookout

Camp Verde, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 02/13/2022
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Apache Maid Lookout
The Apache Maid fire tower has arguably the best views in central Arizona. Be kind to the fire watch in the tower and you will likely receive an invitation to the top. Getting there requires climbing not only the 30-foot scaffold holding up the tower's cab, but negotiating over 2 miles of narrow shelf road. The views are definitely worth the effort. From the summit of Apache Maid Mountain at 7301 feet, the entire topography of the heartland of Arizona surrounds you. Vistas of pine forests, open grassland meadows, the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff, the red rocks of Sedona, the Mogollon Rim, and Mingus Mountain all lay at your feet. Both the road and the tower were completed in 1961. The drive up switchbacks along the southern side of the mountain providing stunning views at each turn. A picnic table at the summit makes for a sweet place to grab a bite. Enjoy!


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn right/northwest off Apache Maid onto Apache Maid Lookout/FR 620.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Camp Verde, Arizona

Proceed north on Interstate 17 for 19 miles to Exit 306. Follow Stoneman Lake Road east 7 miles to the T intersection. Turn right/south on Apache Maid Road (FR 229 and drive 5 miles to the second 90-degree turn and the trailhead for Apache Maid Lookout.



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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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