Apache Junction, AZ, USA

We found 1,074 vacation rentals — enter your dates for availability

Apache Junction, AZ, USA

Apache Junction vacation rentals

Into the Wild West at Apache Junction

You can almost hear the plaintive whistles of a Spaghetti Western tune a la The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly echoing through the canyons around Apache Junction. Dust-blown and sat on the edge of the Superstition Mountains, it marks the easternmost extremity of the Phoenix metro area. After this one's adobe homes and palm-shaded Apache Junction vacation rentals, the Sonoran Desert takes over, ghostly mining towns lurk in the canyons, and you can really feel like you're treading in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood.

Saddle up in Apache Junction

With the dusty canyons and flat-topped bluffs of the great Superstition Mountains dominating the horizons here, the call of the wild is often too much to ignore. The best way to get out there between the hoodoos and the hills is to do as the ranchers of old – saddle up. Don the Stetson and the check-flannel shirt, because there are plenty of riding outfitters that can help get you on the trails. Alternatively, there are scenic driving routes, countless miles of hiking routes, hot air ballooners, and even some adrenaline-pumping ziplines.

History comes to life in Apache Junction

Apache Junction vacation rentals, ranches, and adobe lodges surrounded by looming cacti are the perfect place to base a trip into the past of Arizona. In the shadow of the nearby mountain ranges, you'll discover the dusty streets, door-slapping saloons, stables, and blacksmith guilds of the Goldfield Ghost Town. Don't be surprised if gun battles erupt there at high noon – it's a living museum of the Wild West. You can get more heritage at the Superstition Mountain Museum, where tales of the mysterious Dutchman's Lost Mine and mystical Native American relics mingle in the collections.

Dry and dusty Apache Junction

Prep the hardy denim and chaps for your trip to Apache Junction. This is the start of the Sonoran Desert, where thermometers read a regular 80 degrees and the sun is always shining – there's as little as 13 inches of downpour each year here. It's worth remembering that the heat can crank up to over 100 in this sun-scorched section of southwestern America, which typically happens only between May and September. The upshot is that most travelers go in search of their Apache Junction vacation rentals for the fall, winter, and spring, between October and March.

Between the bluffs of Apache Junction

Sinewy needles of rock, carved and chiseled by the dust devils, poke from the ochre-hued grounds of the Superstition Mountains to the east of Apache Junction. This is the eerie wilderness that defines the town, causing the cacti-spotted Sonoran Desert to lurch upwards to high bluffs, canyons, and gorges. The Lost Dutchman State Park is the most accessible taster of it all. It sits just to the northeast, touting the likes of the Treasure Loop Trail, the Discovery Trail, and the Jacob's Crosscut Trail.