Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix

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  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the Apache Trail from Phoenix on a full-day tour that takes you into the legendary Sonoran Desert. Visit the ghost town of Goldfield, ride a steamboat on Canyon Lake, stop at the eccentric hamlet of Tortilla Flat and admire views of the Superstition Wilderness from Fish Creek Hill. Get a feel for the Wild West as you learn about the region's history and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy this small-group tour limited to just 13 people in a custom van with leather captain's chairs.
  • Full-day tour of the Apache Trail, from Phoenix
  • Hear stories about life on the American frontier from your informative guide
  • Learn about edible plants and desert survival skills

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off. Even if your hotel is on the list, we may need you to meet elsewhere.
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities
  • Food

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Mesa
    1011 W Holmes Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA

    This is a guaranteed pick up location, however, please let the supplier know as soon as possible if you are NOT staying here, as they may have a closer meet location for you.

Pickup points

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Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 1/1/2022 - 4/13/2024

    Wednesday : 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

    Friday : 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

    Sunday : 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Please note: We do not pick up at private residences and we do not guarantee pickup for all hotels. Even if your hotel is on the list, there may be a chance you'll need to meet at an alternate location. If need be, the supplier will determine a location you can meet to be picked up for your excursion. Tour supplier contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher.

What To Expect

The original Apache Trail was a footpath that the local native Americans used to traverse the Superstition Mountains. As western expansion took hold, the footpath became a stage coach trail for miners and mountaineers in search of their fortunes, and later it earned the first ‘Historic Highway’ destination in Arizona.

During your full-day tour of the Apache Trail, relax and take in the scenery on a 6-mile narrated nature cruise on Canyon Lake aboard a legendary steamboat. Look for big horn sheep, bald eagles and other desert animals, and admire the lake’s volcanic cliffs, which stand as high as 1,300 feet (396 meters).

Visit the ghost town of Goldfield, founded in 1892 and named for the precious metal found in the area. A hub of the region’s gold mining operations for five years, it quickly declined when the ore ran out. Nowadays the town offers western-themed attractions such as panning for gold, displays of authentic mining gear at Goldfield’s Historic Museum, and tales about female pioneers of the 1800’s at Lu Lu’s Bordello.

After your steamboat ride, visit Tortilla Flat and Fish Creek Hill in the Superstition Wilderness. Once a stagecoach stop, Tortilla Flat retains a quirky charm, in evidence in its motto ‘The Town Too Tough To Die’ and a festively decorated saloon. From Fish Creek Hill, enjoy a stunning vantage point over the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Wilderness.

Your guide fills you in on the legends of the Lost Dutchman Mine, along with plenty of information about the region’s history, geography and wildlife, including rare animals and edible plants.

At the end of your full-day tour, your guide returns you to your Phoenix-area hotel.

Apache Trail Scenic Drive

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.

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Superstition Mountains (Pass By)

View these stunning desert mountains as you drive along the Apache Trail

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Arizona state law requires children under 8 years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats are not provided, please bring your own
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Wheelchairs that can fold up are acceptable on tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great time
Shelley_s, Mar 2023
The ride into the mountains was breathtaking. Stopping at Tortilla Flats was an experience we will never forget.
Great excursion!
Paul_C, Mar 2023
Tracy is an excellent tour guide. He gave interesting and enlightening insights into the Apache Trail, Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flats. Wonderful family trip I recommend to all.
Great scenery, driver was...
David_L, Mar 2023
Great scenery, driver was very knowledgeable, Dolly steamboat ride and her captain and crew were wonderful. Taco Flats food was delicious. Only bad part was our pickup location was one of three, and ours was the furthest from our hotel.
Beautiful day.
Ruth_O, Feb 2023
Loved the steamboat tour of the lake and delicious food in Tortilla Flats. Our guide was great, too.
A worthwhile day trip
The re-created mining town, reminiscent of old movie Westerns. The boat ride was beautiful and relaxing with gorgeous scenery.
Great Service
Marina_R, Feb 2023
Diana did a fantastic job juggling driving and detours due to a marathon, while still sharing fun facts. She was very attentive to all passengers and their needs. Well chosen stops. Highly recommend it.
Not the tour if you want something remotely active
Melissa_P, Feb 2023
It wasn’t really the tour’s fault and my tour guide was great but it was not something I enjoyed. Tortilla Flats was a little place (like maybe 2 city blocks long) and the “ghost town” was actually a replica built in 1984 and was nothing to write home about. Especially the burger at the steakhouse (although the fries were really good). The steamboat was ok but not spectacular and definitely not great enough to make the other 2 sites worth it. I felt overall it was a wasted day of my vacation.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Hi Melissa, It's unfortunate you didn't enjoy this tour as much as our guests often do. We sure hope you loved the scenery and relaxation of the Dolly Steamboat nature cruise. We find this tour is great for those who want a taste of desert scenery in a relaxing and non-strenuous environment. We thank you for choosing us to show you the Southwest and we welcome you to try out our other tours! Thanks, Rachel Bass
Great tour. Beautiful day and scenery
Jerald_R, Feb 2023
Beautiful lake and scenery. The tour guide was truly knowledgeable. We saw a lot of nice scenery. Drive was interesting
Never Stop The Fun
tonia_s, Jan 2023
YES, Each stop was amazing and educational! Saw rams and wild sheep. Host, Nicky, she was a rock star.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We couldn't agree more. We are glad to hear that you had an excellent time with us and our tour guide, Nicky. See you next time! Best, Nathan DETOURS
Our tour guide Niki was...
Jacklyn_S, Jan 2023
Our tour guide Niki was amazing. Fun and knowledgeable. Great tips for things to do and places to eat. So nice to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Highly recommend this hidden gem
Rachel_Z, Dec 2022
Amazing tour! I loved that it combined the historical and cultural aspect of Arizona with the natural beauty of Arizona. The boat ride tied everything together. This experience was a hidden gem. The tour guide was phenomenal, so nice friendly and accommodating.
A Day To Remember!
Robert_L, Dec 2022
All of it! Stan was great and gave us exceptional information about the highlights of the trip. Stan was an excellent tour guide; we enjoyed his stories and his knowledge about the area! The boat ride was great as well. The captain pointed out many interesting places along the lake and stopped so we could see the Rocky Mountain sheep. Everyone was great! Thanks!!
Apache Trail Tour
William_M, Dec 2022
Tracy and Nicole were the best tour guides you could wish for! Great time! I learned so much. I highly recommend.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
And we have a great time having you! We hope to see your again soon, we've got plenty more Southwest knowowegde to share Best, Nathan DETOURS
Interesting and fun trip
Sandra_J, Dec 2022
We did not expect to see wildlife and were thrilled to see three horned sheep on the mountain top from the steamboat. Excellent tour guide.
Stan was a lot of fun and...
Jan_R, Nov 2022
Stan was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. Great experience! Clean and comfortable van. *********
Great Trip on Apache Trail and Steamboat
Elliott_B, Nov 2022
The Steamboat ride was truly the best part of th etour. The other stops were good, and the lunch stop was very good. Lunch at Goldfield Ghost town was excellent and reasonable. Our guide - Tracy- was excellent and was very informative throughout the excursion.
Dolly steamboat and Apache Trail
Janice_B, Nov 2022
Our tour guide Dan was very knowledgeable and gave lots of info about the area as we drove by. Very friendly to all.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with DETOURS. We appreciate it and hope to see you again soon! Best, Nathan DETOURS
Scenery, boat cruise and commentary
Joseph_G, Oct 2022
Cruise on Canyon Lake Guide’s knowledge and friendship Safety observed throughout the tour …………………….
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for sharing your experience with DETOURS! The Dolly Steamboat Cruise over Canyon Lake is always such a pleasure, and when you pair that with our friendly and knowledgeable guides it makes for a perfect day out! We hope you will join us again in the future, we've got plenty more Southwest to show you. Best, Nathan DETOURS
Great adventure tour
Beaumont_M, Oct 2022
The boat tour of Canyon Lake was the best. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was excellent. We also enjoyed the historic mining town and Tortilla Flat. Our tour guide, Mark, did an excellent job of informing us about the area. Spotting several big-horn sheep was a plus.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks for joining us! We were delighted to have you and we hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West
Great tour!
Jolene_K, Oct 2022
Our tour guide, Mark, was excellent. The food was wonderful at Tortilla Flat and the Canyon River Dolly Steamboat was great!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Our guides always provide a treasure trove of an experience. We're delighted to hear that Mark delivered an excellent experience! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Nathan DETOURS American West