At the foot of the Apache Trail is Canyon Lake, one of 4 reservoirs created from the Rio Salado, in the gorgeous Superstition Mountains is Dolly Steamboat, an hour and a half ride through the most beautiful mountains and canyons in the entire Phoenix valley. (Theodore Roosevelt thought it was one of the most beautiful places on earth.)
The boat ride provides commentary about the geology and history of the area. It is covered to protect from the elements, with windows that open wide, as well as open front and back decks. It has a snack bar, bathrooms; seating is plentiful. And nature puts on a wonderful show with beautiful vistas and the possibility of seeing wildlife. We saw an eagles nest with babies clamoring for food. Be sure to make reservations.
There is a restaurant at the dock that looked like a pleasant place to eat and wait for the cruise.
If you have time continue 2 miles further on to Tortilla Flat, a quirky "town" consisting of a gift shop, saloon and restaurant. The food at the restaurant is only mediocre but it's worth it to see it.
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