lies at the far end of the extensive suburbia east of Phoenix, adjoining Mesa
; the main thoroughfare is US 60, the Superstition Freeway
, which provides easy travel from downtown Phoenix, I-10 and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (30 miles). The town center is a few blocks north of US 60 along the Apache Trail
, a famous highway that leaves Apache Junction to the northeast and enters the rugged Superstition Mountains
, which dominate the horizon to the east. The road eventually becomes unpaved, and reaches Theodore Roosevelt Lake
after 44 miles, passing several other scenic lakes along the way.
The town contains a typical mix of residences, business premises and shops, the main commercial area being along the Apache Trail corridor, and the junction with Hwy 88. Much of the district is quite lightly developed, with patches of empty desert between the built-up areas. Other points of interest nearby include Lost Dutchman State Park
(5 miles), featuring hiking trails through the Superstition Mountain foothills, and Boyce Thompson Arboretum
(28 miles) which has an extensive collection of plants, from Arizona, the US and across the world.
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