Apache Maid Lookout

Camp Verde, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 07/09/2021
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.15 miles
Highest Elevation: 7302 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Camp Verde
Nearest Town w/ Services: Camp Verde
Official Road Name: 620
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Red Rock Ranger Station
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Highlights

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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Route Information

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Waypoints

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

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.712783, -111.521183

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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Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Coconino National Forest has lifted the Stage 3 closures. Trails are now open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
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.

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Status: Partially Open
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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.

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Status: Open
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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.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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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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Writer Information

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. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew is a true pleasure. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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