Apache Junction is located on the eastern rim of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, near the foot of the scenic Superstition Mountains at the junction of U.S. 60 and 89 and state Highway 88. Apache Junction is easily accessible by U.S. 60, the Superstition Freeway. Apache Junction lies primarily in Pinal County, adjoining Maricopa County to the west. It was incorporated in 1978.
Apache Junction attracts upwards of 40,000 winter visitors and retirees annually due to its climate and proximity to many of Arizona’s outstanding recreational and historical areas. More than 800 retail and service businesses currently operate within the city.
A variety of life styles are offered in Apache Junction. These range from western rural acreage to more urban single-family residential neighborhoods and include adult-only retirement clusters as well as mixed age group living areas.
Apache Junction’s main scenic attractions are the Superstition Mountains, which are reputed to be the site of the Lost Dutchman Mine. Many people are still challenged by the thought of discovering the Lost Mine and search the mountains for its location. The name of the mountains, of which Superstition Peak at 5,057 feet is the highest, can be attributed to the legends and stories of the nearby Pima Indians.
The Apache Trail, which winds north from Apache Junction, is an exceptionally scenic mountain drive to recreation areas such as canyon, Apache and Roosevelt Lakes, all located in Salt River Canyon. U.S. 60, to the east, leads to the active mining towns of Globe, Miami and Superior.