Tortilla Flat an Arizona old west town is located along the Apache Trail. Located about two miles from Canyon Lake, the town of Tortilla Flat was an original stagecoach stop on the Apache Trail in the early 1900’s. The town burned to the ground in the late 1980’s. The buildings were rebuilt. Still this is a great spot to see how Arizona was years ago.
Things to do in Tortilla Flat
If you are looking to experience the Old West in Arizona, Tortilla Flat is a great ghost town to visit. Stop on your way to Roosevelt Lake or while enjoying the scenic drive along the old Apache trail.
The town consists of a restaurant, saloon and general store connected by a wooden boardwalk. There is also a very tiny museum at the end.
Don’t forget to get an ice cream cone! Tortilla Flat and Sedona are the only towns I am aware of that sell Prickly Pear Ice Cream. If you’re all the way out here, you have to try it. It is pink and has a subtle berry flavor. If you like the jelly you’ll like the ice cream too.
At the end of the boardwalk is a replica of the 1932 school. It is located where the original once stood. Fourteen students attended. Throughout the day they have re-enactment of a old west shoot out.
Location: This tiny town is located along the Apache Trail just outside of Phoenix
- Canyon Lake (about 3 miles)
- Superstition Mountains (11 miles)
- Apache Lake (about 16 miles)
- Roosevelt Lake (about 28 miles)
- Salt River Tubing (about 29 miles)
- Mesa (about 37 miles)
- Arizona Museum of Natural History (38 miles)