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Itinerary
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.
Locations visited
Lost Dutchman State Park
Sonoran Desert National Monument
Goldfield Ghost Town
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Overview
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. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off and an expert driver who navigates the rough and winding roads for a stress-free day out.
Highlights
  • Full-day tour of the Apache Trail, from Phoenix
  • See Fish Creek Hill, Canyon Lake, the Superstition Mountain Wilderness and more
  • Glimpse the Old West at the gold mining ghost town of Goldfield and the former stagecoach stop at Tortilla Flat
  • Hear stories about life on the American frontier from your informative guide
  • Keep an eye out for bald eagles, big horn sheep and other animal life
  • Learn about edible plants and desert survival skills
  • Includes bottled water and hotel pickup and drop-off in Phoenix
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Reviewed June 11, 2018
A long day without much happening

I was not happy with this tour. Pick up and drop off were very inconvenient as I was staying with a friend and not in a hotel. Getting to the hotel the company rep told me to go to was not so bad, but getting...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile
Good tour , especially if you plan to spend more time in the area

We have a time share in Scottsdale and are in the process of exploring AZ. Because it was a ( small group) tour, I could not do everything I wanted to do. But it gave me a good enough overview (and fantastic shots of a...More

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DETOURSofArizona, Guest Relations Manager at DETOURS of Arizona, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Hi Pat... Thank you for joining us for a tour, and we're so happy we could help you with your process of exploring AZ. We appreciate you taking a moment to share your experience about Michael's fantastic service and your enjoyment of the boat tour....More

Reviewed May 17, 2018
Fun, scenic, and engaging adventure

I wanted to give my mother something different for mother's day and thought a tour would be a great idea. IShe lives in Sun City so we worked with Detours to find a convenient meeting spot (ended up being a hotel in Desert Ridge). It...More

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DETOURSofArizona, Guest Relations Manager at DETOURS of Arizona, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Thank you for joining us for an Apache Trail Tour with the Dolly Steamboat excursion. We're so glad that you and your Mother enjoyed the day...and kudos to you for the very special gift of an experience for you and your Mom to remember. We...More

Reviewed April 17, 2018
Great way to spend a carefree day.

The Apache Trail, Superstition Mountain, Dolly Ferry tour was a fantastic way to spend a beautiful day in Arizona. Mike, our guide, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The van was quite comfortable even on a very hot day (95 degrees). The tour included so much...More

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DETOURSofArizona, Guest Relations Manager at DETOURS of Arizona, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2018

Thanks so much for your recommendation! So happy to hear that your guide Mike was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and that you enjoyed seeing the Apache Trail plus the steamboat cruise! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed April 9, 2018
Great One Day Tour

This trip was a perfect one day sight seeing adventure. We viewed beautiful sights and also went into ghost towns and other cool places. Montana was one of the nicest and funniest tour guides we ever encountered. He was knowledgeable and energetic. We recommend this...More

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DETOURSofArizona, Guest Relations Manager at DETOURS of Arizona, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Hi and thank you for taking a moment to share about your tour with us. We're so glad that Montana could make your day extra special by sharing his wealth of knowledge and of course some of his humor too. We hope to see you...More

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