The Apache Trail reaches its eastern terminus at Roosevelt Dam, the largest masonry dam in the world. Just south of the dam you'll find Tonto National Monument, the site of the southernmost cliff dwellings in Arizona. Continuing south from the monument, you'll soon come to the turn off for the town of Young, which lies at the end of a 34-mile-long gravel road. Set in Pleasant Valley, between the Sierra Anchas and the Mogollon Rim, Young is one of Arizona's most remote communities, and, in the latter part of the 19th century was the site of a bloody feud between the Graham and the Tewksbury families. The feud started in 1886 when the Tewksburys brought sheep into Pleasant Valley, which had previously been exclusively cattle country. Over the next six years, at least 18 people would die in this classic range war between cattlemen and sheepherders.
Although Young's main street is paved, the gravel returns on the north side of town and continues for another 22 miles before reaching Highway 260, which lies at the top of the Mogollon Rim, a 2,000-foot-high escarpment that stretches for more than 300 miles across northern Arizona. It was in this region, near the town of Payson, that Western writer Zane Grey had a cabin, from which he fished the lakes and streams of the area. He also used the surroundings as inspiration for a number of his stories. In Payson, you can learn more about Zane Grey at both the Rim Country Museum and the Zane Grey Museum of Payson.