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With all of the hiking, biking, camping, swimming, boating, sightseeing, off-roading, and many “ING”s one can do in the Apache Junction area, there is another activity that I don’t mind doing, shopping. I will admit it when it is a little too hot to safely go for a hike, I want to fill my off …

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  • July 17, 2023
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The Superstition Mountain Museum, located on the historic Apache Trail (State Route 88), helps tell a story that transcends modern-day Phoenix East Valley and brings museumgoers to a whole series of different people and cultures, from the Hohokam Native Americans to Elvis. A variety of stories are blended together on the museum’s 15-acre property, in …

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  • June 22, 2023
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On this latest Adventure of Backpack Pat, we will go on a small journey that is the perfect day trip on the Apache Trail for folks in the Phoenix metro area. Tortilla Flat is not a far hike from Apache Junction and is a place that can truly be a claim of “where it all …

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  • April 26, 2023
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Goldfield Ghost Town is a popular destination for families and travelers, and Backpack Pat is here to guide you through the perfect, fun-filled adventure! From parking tips, favorite attractions, and historical fun facts, Backpack Pat is your tour guide to all things in and around Apache Junction. Ever have a desire to experience the true …

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  • March 27, 2023
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Backpack Pat here – exploring local places to eat! Even though I am nicknamed Backpack Pat, I don’t take my backpack with me everywhere. Shocking, I know! In fact, I probably have my work bag with me more than my backpack. But there is umph behind the name, this backpack has been on countless trips …

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  • February 8, 2023
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Hi Everyone, Backpack Pat here. Welcome to my first travel blog, where we explore hiking Silly Mountain! It’s a new year, a new month, and a new opportunity for local adventure. I will be your local tour guide to help explore the Apache Junction area and the local legends surrounding us over the coming months …

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  • January 31, 2023
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For most people, a western adventure experience wouldn’t be complete without a chance to explore the destination from the best vantage point available…atop a saddle! A sauntering stroll along a desert trail, trotting through a shallow wash after a recent monsoon rainfall, or ascending gently up a mountainside (without even breaking a sweat) is an …

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  • May 20, 2022
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Here in Apache Junction, we like to make every visitor feel right at home. And from Valley weekenders to out-of-state travelers – and whether you’ve come by plane, train, or automobile – we have lodging options to suit everyone. If you’re wondering where to stay in Apache Junction, our desert city is happy to host …

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When you want to dine out, Apache Junction serves up a delicious variety of restaurants to choose from. From casual cafés to legendary local hangouts, there’s something for everyone to eat and enjoy. No matter where you go, you can count on a warm welcome – because, in our town, community means everything. Restaurants are …

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  • December 17, 2021
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No matter where you are in Apache Junction, you can see the majestic mountains just beyond our city limits. And in just a few minutes of driving, you’ll find yourself surrounded by towering cacti, lush desert vegetation, and panoramic views that seem to go on forever. Explore the desert on foot or mountain bike on one of several hiking trails near Apache Junction, or join a sightseeing tour to experience the scenery through the eyes of longtime locals.

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  • June 25, 2019
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