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Enjoy the Superstition Mountain Wilderness, Tortilla Flat, Goldfield Ghost Town, and the scenic Dolly Steamboat cruise on this full day adventure on the Apache Trail Tour.
The Apache Trail Day Tour operates on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Tour length is approximately 8 hours, departing Phoenix/Scottsdale approximately 8am and returning approximately 5pm.
Only a short distance from the Phoenix metro area, the Apache Trail is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Sonoran desert. Arizona's first designated "Historic Highway" and a scenic byway, the original Apache Trail was a footpath through the Superstition Mountains. In addition to experiencing the Sonoran Desert, the day will also feature a nature cruise aboard the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake.
Only minutes from the city, the Apache Trail is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Sonoran desert. Arizona's first designated "Historic Highway" and a scenic byway, the original Apache Trail was a footpath by which the local Apache Tribe traveled through the Superstition Mountains. Two of the more colorful stops along the Apache Trail are Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat. Goldfield, aptly named after the precious metal found in the area, was incorporated in 1892. For five long years this town was a gold miner’s paradise, however, soon after the vein stopped producing Goldfield quickly turned into a gold mining ghost town. During the tour you will have a chance to spend time in this restored ghost town practicing your gold panning techniques, marveling at the original mining gear, or even spending some time at Lu Lu’s Bordello if you dare.
During your tour along the Apache Trail, you will be treated to a steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake by the famous Dolly Steamboat. As part of the six mile narrated nature cruise, there may be opportunities to see bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and a host of other desert animals as well as unforgettable views of 1,300 ft. volcanic cliff walls of Canyon Lake. Following our steamboat cruise, the tour will continue to Tortilla Flat in the Superstition Wilderness. Tortilla Flat has become a fixture of the Apache Trail since its inception in 1904. Not fire, drought, or bandits could destroy this hearty stage stop which holds onto its rich tradition through its architecture and unique decorating sense. If you get too warm, you can quite literally “saddle up” to the bar and enjoy a cold beverage to cool you down. This rugged landscape in the Sonoran Desert has been the jewel that some men were looking for with the most famous involving the Lost Dutchman Mine. Rumored to have found the largest gold vein in the west, German immigrant Jacob Waltz trusted his newly found gold deposit to no one and the secret of its location was buried with him. If you have the “golden eye” maybe you can spot it while on tour!
Departs: 8:00am - 9:00am
Returns: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Tempe area
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Approximately 8 hours
This tour is also offered as a private charter. Contact a reservations specialist for details.
Temperatures in the Superstition Mountains vary by season. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.