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The Apache Maid fire tower arguably has 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 the 30-foot scaffold holding up the tower's cab, and 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 provide 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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