In the desert east of Phoenix, Arizona lies the Salt River.  Along the Salt, there are four man-made lakes:  Saguaro, Canyon, Apache, and Roosevelt.  Saguaro Lake is the only one that requires a different road to gain access, and the other three are along the famed Apache Trail route.  The oldest and largest, Roosevelt, is in a more open setting, and can also be reached by a longer, yet entirely paved highway.  The mountains surrounding the lake contain some very rugged wilderness, yet their distance away from the water suggests they might be on the tame side.

Roosevelt Lake Reflections - Steve Bruno
Reflections on a spring day at Roosevelt Lake, Arizona. Photo by Steve Bruno.