Apache Junction is a medium sized city with a rich history of horse properties, mining, ranching, limited government oversight, and beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains. Most of Apache Junction lies within Pinal County, whereas most of the Phoenix Metro cities lie within Maricopa County. As a city, it was not incorporated until 1978, although there were ranches and settlements here since the earliest days of Phoenix settlements. It is bordered to the north and east by the Superstition Wilderness, to the south by Arizona State Trust land, and to the West by the city of Mesa. Apache Junction has little to no property zoning laws, with the distinction of being the only city in the Valley that still allows manufactured homes to be placed on lots.
Apache Junction is a unique and fun city to live in, with an amazing proximity to hiking, biking, camping, Canyon Lake, horseback riding, an amazing recreation center, and one of the only cities that still has an active rodeo.
Lost Dutchman State Park is just up the street, Canyon Lake is only 20 minutes away, and the Goldfield Mountains lie just to the North.
You can also spend a day in the Goldfield Ghost Town, picnic at Prospector Park, or ride horses at Lost Dutchman.
Another popular attraction of note is the nearby Renaissance Festival, which is located just to the East in Gold Canyon. This runs for 2 months of the year and can cause considerable traffic on Saturday and Sunday mornings if trying to head east along the 60.