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From Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

1. From Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

With daily departures and convenient pick-up points from most Phoenix metro area hotels, this is the tour to take for a journey to Apache country. You will experience the true spirit of the Sonoran Desert on a full day’s outing. Once you’ve met your guide at your hotel, depart for a drive east in to the Superstition Mountains. You will wind through spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape on the way to Canyon Lake. Before you get there, rest at Goldfield Ghost Town, a fun and fascinating replica of an 1890s mining town. Admission is free, but there are some extras that you might want to enjoy, such as a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train as it circuits the town perimeter. Pan for gold or watch an old West gun fight if you get the chance, or simply stroll and explore the historic buildings and stores. Next you will travel to Tortilla Flat, an authentic remnant of an old West town that is tucked in to the heart of the Tonto National Forest. Here you can grab some lunch and check out who is hanging out at the Ice Cream Parlor. Seat yourself on a bar stool made from real saddles in the Superstition Saloon. The tour continues to Canyon Lake for a 90-minute narrated steamboat cruise. Located at a convenient rest point on the Apache Trail, you will discover fascinating facts about the historic stagecoach route as you watch for the unique wildlife. As you pass through canyons and marvel at rock formations, look out for bald eagles, blue herons, big horn sheep and turkey vultures. Sit back and relax on this leisurely section of the tour. You will soon be heading back through the desert for the return drive to Phoenix.

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From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

2. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

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From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

3. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

Be collected in a luxurious SUV or van at 9:30 AM from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdake. Travel into the heart of the Superstition Mountain Range and along the Apache Trail. A licensed tour guide will provide a useful narration throughout the day.  Make your first stop at the old gold mining ghost town of Goldfield located at the base of the neighboring Superstition Mountain range. Spend 45 minutes checking out the historic shops and see how it was in the Old West. Then, hit the Apache Trail and take in the amazing views of the Superstitions and the Sonoran Desert along the trail. Reach Canyon Lake for a 90-minute sightseeing journey on an old-fashioned sternwheeler steamboat across the lake. Upon return to the shore, travel down the road to one of the oldest stagecoach stops in the Southwest, which was the site of where a lot of gold was mined in the late 1800s known as Tortilla Flat. Learn about how the general store has been owned by the same family for generations. After exploring the area, find a good spot to enjoy local novelties and lunch. Lastly, stop by the Lost Dutchman Museum so you can polish your knowledge of this famous area. Return to your accommodation around 5 PM.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

A wonderful tour with Dan

This tour was well worth the money. We were picked up at the motel. After the minibus had all the guests together, we went into the Sonoran Desert. There Dan showed us many types of kateen on the Apatschi Trail and explained them with a lot of knowledge. He shortened the way to Canyon Lake with a lot of explanations. When we arrived at the lake, we took a boat called Dolly on a 1 1/2 hour tour. We could even see a sea eagle. The ride was excellent. Then we went to a small museum village for lunch. In this lively pub you could see a lot of old things that led back to the gold mining town. The journey home at over 40 degrees was bearable in an air-conditioned minibus. In this way, many thanks to Dan.

We loved every moment of our activities. The nature walk, the boat ride and tortilla flat for lunch and shopping. Our guide Frank was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, friendly and just a good hearted person. I would recommend this tour. We got our monies worth for sure.

Our trip was so awesome!! The views were amazing!! The best feature was the kindness of our guide. He was knowledgeable of the area, and extremely helpful and caring. Wonderful!! Absolutely amazing day!!

Beautiful & educational

Steve educaed us on the AZ trees and cactus we never could have gotten on our own. A beautiful trail, museums, lunch and cruise. The cruise was equally as educational. Worth the time and the money.

It was a pleasure to visit such exotic places with such a gentlemen we have as a tour guide. It was a marvelous experience!!!