Tortilla Flat is the last remaining Stage Coach Stop on The Apache Trail. In the early 1900’s, President Teddy Roosevelt made the decision to build Roosevelt Dam, 27 miles East of Tortilla Flat. In 1904 Tortilla Flat was established as a stage stop for freight haulers and mail carriers. The Dam workers, mainly Apache Indians, would stop here to camp, gather supplies, and get water for their horses and mules. The Roosevelt Dam was completed in 1911 and once was the largest masonry Dam in the world.
Tortilla Flat is located in the Superstition Mountain Range on The Tonto National Forest. The beautiful but rugged terrain claim the lives each year of those who are still in search of the lost Gold Mine.
Visitors from all over the world travel here to see the old authentic western town. Today, Tortilla Flat consists of 4 buildings.
The new Gift Shop, built in 2010, is located where the old Motel once stood that was destroyed by fire. In the Gift Shop you will find souvenirs, books, tee shirts, toys, signature pieces from local artists, Native Indian jewelry and pottery. Also, inside the Gift Shop is the Tortilla Flat Post Office, Population 6!
The Superstition Saloon is the restaurant for family dining. Saddle up to the bar for one of our house brews, Mule Oil or Snake Venom. Half pound burgers and homemade killer chili are the local favorites. On the restaurant walls you will see over 300,000 one dollar bills signed by visitors; along with antiques, artifacts, and pictures from the past. Don’t forget to stop by the restrooms for a photo op!
The Country Store, or also known as the Ice Cream Parlor; is where you will find our World Famous Prickly Pear Gelato. You can also pick up drinks, snacks, beer-to-go, ice cream, and gelato. Our homemade items include fudge, turtles, candied nuts, and killer chili spice packets.
In 1932 the school house opened at Tortilla Flat with 14 pupils. The school served the children of Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake area, and Horse Mesa Dam. The actual school house still survives where it was moved to Horse Mesa Dam after the 1942 flood. Today, the replica school sits where it was originally located, at the end of town by the old hanging tree. In 2004 the school was converted into the Tortilla Flat Museum.
Located between the Restaurant and Country Store, the Patio gates open from December 26th thru Easter. From noon to 4, order from our outdoor menu prepared on the locomotive grill. For your added entertainment, The Tortilla Flat Band performs LIVE. The band loves for you to challenge them to fulfill your song requests!
Tortilla Flat Arizona Visitor Information
Conveniently located between Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Please call 480-984-1776 or visit them online.