Apache Maid Lookout

5/5 (5 reviews)
Camp Verde, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 02/13/2022
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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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (5 reviews)
Wade May
Official Crew
57450
Status: Open
Visited: 07/09/2021

Coconino National Forest has lifted the Stage 3 closures. Trails are now open.
Wade May
Official Crew
57450
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/22/2021

The Coconino National Forest has issued a closure order for all recreational use of the Coconino National Forest due to extreme fire danger. This order will be in effect at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, and shall remain in effect until September 1, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.
rob
1200
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/21/2020

Came in from Cedars Flat trail and left on the Apache Maid trail towards Lake Mary Rd. Lookout trail is partially open; you can ride up to the main gate and stop for a lookout over the valley and towards Sedona; however, the lookout tower is closed due to Covid. Beautiful views at turnaround/gate and the drive up is stunning overview.
Trail Review: Apache Maid Lookout - rob
Trail Review: Apache Maid Lookout - rob
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/23/2019

Gorgeous and an easy / quick trip. Heads up, the fire tower closes today for the end of fire season; won’t open again until roughly March.
Trail Review: Apache Maid Lookout - Dragon_Coma
Wade May
Official Crew
57450
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/01/2019

This is a fun drive! Fantastic views at every turn as you climb Apache Maid Mountain. The tower fire watch, Don, was a wealth of information on the local area and you can't beat the astounding views of central Arizona from that perch!

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