Roosevelt Lake lies in a fantastic rural desert setting. These photos reveal a colorful landscape with mountains, blue skies, blue water and tall cactus. The reservoir is 24 miles long, and was once the longest man-made lake in the world. Roosevelt Lake was formed in 1911 after the construction of a dam on the Salt River. The dam is located at the junction of State Route 88 and Apache Trail near Roosevelt, Arizona. It is a scenic area for camping, hiking, fishing and attracts many RV enthusiasts.
Perhaps you're on a scenic drive and wont be fishing for bass. In that case, stop at one of the campgrounds to stretch your legs on the walking paths. Behold the picturesque desert oasis. Grab your camera for a photo of the colorful, blue-arched Roosevelt Bridge. And at the dam, take all the dam pictures you want.
If you're in no hurry, drive the scenic Apache Trail. This is one of the most scenic drives in America. The road snakes through a canyon among saguaro cactus, but is mostly unpaved and dusty. Do not take this road if you are towing a trailer. It takes at least 2 hours from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake. If you are towing a boat or RV from Phoenix, you will want to take State Route 60 to Globe, then head north on State Route 88.