Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Van Tour

Phoenix, United States

From $160.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Ride the old fashioned Dolly Steamboat through the slot canyon at Canyon Lake and then hit the Apache Trail through the Sonora Desert on this tour from the Phoenix area. After your narrated cruise, visit the small town of Tortilla Flat, taking in views of the rare desert landscape along the way.
  • Dolly Steamboat and Apache Trail tour from Phoenix area
  • Take a 90-minute guided cruise through a slot canyon on an old-fashioned steamboat
  • Look out for wildlife like long horn sheep and eagles along the way
  • Ride a van through the Sonora Desert, a rare desert environment found in the American Southwest and Mexico
  • Lunch in the historic mining town of Tortilla Flat
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Fuel surcharge
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Stretch 15 passenger vans with maximum 10 per van
  • Gratuities
  • No animals allowed in van.

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:30 AM

Pickup details

We depart from hotels and resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. Your specific hotel may not be in the pick up route on a particular day. If this happens, we will direct you to a different pick up location.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children 6 years and under are required to ride in a car seat that the guest must provide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is offered for most hotels/resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, plus in Mesa at the Mesa Hilton. *Please confirm with local operator
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Across Arizona Tours, LLC is not responsible for viewing conditions at the sites visited and reserves the right to alter tour itineraries due to road or weather conditions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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110 reviews
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Lovely day trip!!
Margaret_S, Mar 2023
Both the van driver and boat captain were very interesting narrators. The day was relaxing and the views in Canyon Lake were spectacular!
Wonderful time. Great guide
Kevin_C, Mar 2023
Wonderful time. Great guide. Nature walk was fun and interesting. Great lunch at tortilla flat. We saw bach on the steamboat ride
Perry_H, Mar 2023
Dolly Boat trip Was informative and interesting Eric was good guide, helpful and informative. Restaurant stop was good too, cute place and good food.
Great trip
Abby_H, Mar 2023
Very knowledgeable tour guide. The trip isn't too long, and we were very comfortable the entire time. Worth it.
Apache trail tour.
Nick_V, Feb 2023
The tour was amazing despite of the rain. The Dolly boat ride was quite relaxing. Definitely I recommend this tour. Kudos to our tour guide, Han despite the weather was not cooperating we still have wonderful tour.
Our Lost Dutchman Day
Diane_C, Feb 2023
We really enjoyed our drive on the Apache Trail. The explanation about the canals and water was very interesting. Frank, our guide, did a great job with some interesting stories about the history of the area. The boat ride was fun and beautiful as well.
Great guide and tour!!
Beverly_B, Feb 2023
The guide was excellent!! He was very friendly, knowledgeable and great personality. It was a great tour we would do it again. Please let this guide know of these positive comments. Thank you!!
Great experience! Would do again!
Brian_H, Jan 2023
Highly recommend! I’m a professional in my 50’s and my kids are young adults. Our guide, Hon was a knowledgeable, considerate, fun guide who drove like a limo driver. One of our family is a horticulture major and found the plant discussion right on and really interesting. The landscape is so unique and beautiful that made me proud of this country. The boat ride was peaceful and accentuated the unusual landscape. The big horned sheep were well represented. We even saw lambs! 8:30 am to 5 pm. Bring binoculars and cash for boat amenities.
Beautiful Arizona Experience
Gary_H, Dec 2022
Walking through the desert and learning about the different cacti. I also loved the Dolly Steamboat tour of the lake.
Great trip, would do it again.
Douglas_R, Nov 2022
Had a great time. The views are fantastic. Our tour guide was very helpful and friendly, and the food at tortilla flats was very good.
Apache Trail and canyon lake tour
Janice_D, Nov 2022
Frank was a knowledgeable and accommodating tour guide and the group was fun! I would highly recommend this trip as a way to learn about the beautiful area.
Our driver, Eric, was...
GLEN_E, Oct 2022
Our driver, Eric, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We enjoyed the wildlife viewing and the short walk at the Lost Dutchman Park for plant viewing.
Prickly Pear
Dave_L, Oct 2022
Frank, our tour guide and the scenery (Big Horned sheep). The Dolly Steamboat was better than expected, great views.
Great guide and plan
Siu_W, Oct 2022
The tour guide did an excellent job in guiding us (only one more customer) and he is very personable. The choice of places to go and the overall plan of the tour is good.
Great Tour
Barry_A, Sep 2022
Great tour and good to get away from the city and to learn more about the areas history and people. Our guide Frank was excellent.
Love Canyon lake!
Sharon_E, Sep 2022
I love the desert walk, not too long for older people. Loved the tour guide and his explanations of the plants. The steamboat tour was amazing, beautiful scenery and Rock formations.
Good driver, (Han) very...
Lonnie_P, Sep 2022
Good driver, (Han) very informative, very personable and accommodating. Good trip with not a lot of walking.
Fun and informative
Nita_S, Sep 2022
Being able to see the different cacti upclose was great, and informative. Han did a wonderful job giving us details about them. Also quite informative on the history of the area. Same with the lake tour.
A delightful experience
Louise_H, Sep 2022
I enjoyed the Desert trail walk and steamboat tour. I found it to be both educational and enjoyable. Our tour guide Zane was courteous and pleasant and kept us entertained.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thanks you so much for the kind review! Zane is one of best guides we had during our past 20 years of conducting tours "Across Arizona."
Worth the trip
Debbie_S, Sep 2022
Zane knew the ins and outs of the whole trip and engaged everyone in the conversation. It was very hot but he took great care in everyone's comfort and needs.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Great knowing you had a great time with Zane, and hopefully you will comeback to Arizona in the fall/winter or spring, during the cooler time of year and see more of Arizona! :)