4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

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  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

It was informative and just hands down awesome. Our Guide, Chris was amazing. I would recommend Ma and Pops tours to anyone. My youngest just took to Chris like glue. We all felt comfortable with him and he made the trip worth it 10X's over

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We had a great time! Our guide was very nice and informative. Beautiful scenery and a good time all around

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Had a great time exploring the area Our tour guide was a local with so much knowledge. Had a good time meeting new people. Definetlu would reccommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

A really different trip along the Apache trail then on to Tortilla Flat followed by a 90 minute steamboat cruise then to Goldfield Ghost Town and finally a visit down the mine. I've done this trip before on a previous visit, every time I learn more about the local area, and Arizona too, due to the knowledgable tour guides. Many thanks Brad.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

The Apache Trail was a scary ride if you don't like heights. The road had very few guard rails but the view was well worth the trip. Canyon Lake had some spectacular views., the paddle boat was pleasant and relaxing. This was a great trip to get the feel of the land during the mining era. The tour guide was great at explaining history of the area. The tour guides on the Viator Tours I booked were excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

Wonderful tour going up the Apache Trail where mule teams once hauled the men and materials that made Roosevelt Lake. This amazing story comes to life on this tour. Plus seeing the desert is marvelous, and our tour guide was most informative about everything in Phoenix. The cruise was magical; we floated past canyon walls spotting eagles and big horn desert sheep. Loved the old mining town of Goldfield where we had just enough time to tour the gold mine on our own; it was amazing. The hard life of the miners boggles the mind. The guide there was also most entertaining and informative, but u need to ask if there's enough time to squeeze in this extra. I recommend you do it if possible. The lunch stop at Tortilla Flat was fine but we used the time there to see he tiny museum there about Roosevelt Lake.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

This was a fabulous tour. Not too long (8:30 - 3pm) but full of information. Our guide new the area and loved it. He was full of information and it was interesting and appropriate for our area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

This was a lovely tour that showed us many forms of cactus and desert plants and the lake cruise was also very nice. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Arizona and also the varieties of desert plants. We learned many things we didin't know before and we have visited Arizona many times. He was also considerate enough to bring bottled water for each of us. I definitely recommend this tour. Ruth J., Ft Worth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

It was a wonderfully enjoyable day. A bit long (but we were the first pick up and the last drop off). The guide was very knowledgeable and the steamboat guide was equally as entertaining and informative. Definitely an area of the valley that we would like to revisit at our leisure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Truly awe inspiring experience in the canyon looking up and on the road looking down! Decided that if we moved to Arizona, it would be to the foot of the Superstition Mountains! Loved the food in Tortilla Flat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Places, travel and the guide was great, it really exceeded my expectations. I have widely recommended this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2007

The drivers were fantastic - extremely knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2007

This trip was a great way to see the desert, and to learn about the area. Our tour guide drove us along the apache trail, with several stops along the way and then we rode on a steamboat on the canyon river. We were picked up promptly at 800 am and returned to our hotel at 400 pm. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and stayed with us all day! We definitely recommend this trip and would use this company again. Thank you.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

The trip was interesting but the ghost town was not impressive.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2013

This was a good tour, the bigget downfall is there is not enough time at the Gold Mining Town, Steamboat Cruise and Tortilla Flats add to the tour, making it a nice relaxing day.

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2012

It was a very nice tour, the driver was friendly and familiar with the area and the steamboat cruise was beautiful and relaxing. The views were spectacular. If I were to complain about anything it would be the stop at Goldfield, which was too short to do much and most of the shops were closed.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2012

Great tour with plenty of things to do. The website didn't state the corect time to complete the tour. The tour takes approx. 8 hrs. Although, the cruise was the highlight of the tour we found the stop at the gold mine to be equally enjoyable.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

An enjoyable day was had but was a little bit disappointed with the length of time spent at Tortilla Flat where there was not really much to see or do other than have lunch. For me personally, 2 hours was far too long. Aside from this I did overall have a great trip. The highlight was the steamboat cruise which truly was a visual delight. Compliments also goes to the Informative narrative by the driver.

Leah
USA

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

Interesting and alot of fun. Our guide was terrific and we really enjoyed the boat cruise. It was beautiful and relaxing. Next time we are going to go to Tombstone. Recommend this tour to visitors and locals.

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2011

My trip to Apache Trail/Canyon Lake (Steamboat Cruise) was wonderful!!! My tour guide (TOM) was excellent. He was very upbeat and knowledgable. The only downfall I had on the trip was the restaurant on Canyon Lake was horrible. They made us wait for an hour for a hamburger. The cruise was set to take off in 5 minutes and we still did not receive our food. I ended up walking out of the restaurant and eating popcorn on the steamboat. I also wished we had more time at Apache Trail and Tortilla Flats to look around and shop.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2011

It was a very enjoyable trip, Our tour guide/bus driver was polite, courteous and knowledgeable and also on time, couldn't ask for more.

Andrew D
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2010

Good trip, well worth doing if only for the boat trip. One of the best tour guide's that we have ever had.

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2007

This was a nice, easygoing tour. The tour operator's people were very nice and helpful. Our tour guide was very good. He answered any and all questions and was very outgoing as well. My wife, our daughter, and I had a good time.

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2013

I THINK THE TOUR COULD HAVE BEEN SPLIT IN TWO PARTS,ADDING THE MUSEUAM ACROSS FROM THE "GHOST TOWN" AND SPENDING MORE TIME AT EACH VENUE. PERHAPS A SHOW AND LUNCH INCLUDED AT THE "GHOST/WESTERN TOWN". A CATERED LUNCH AT THE "STAGE COACH" STOP AND MORE TIME TO EXPLORE. YOU COULD SPEND TWO OR THREE HOURS AT EACH OF THOSE POSSIBLE LUNCH VENUES. AS IT WAS,WE WERE VERY RUSHED TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT EVENT. NO COMPLAINS ABOUT THE CONTENT,JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR EACH.

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2012

My wife and I were the only two (2) passengers on this tour. We were picked up promptly at 8.30am at our hotel. Tom was the driver ,drove safely and was very knowlegeable.
We first arrived at Goldsmith at about 10.00am.
We were asked to be back at the bus at 10.30am. We wandered about the various buildings,it was very interesting. My wife noticed it was 10.40am.We hurried back to the bus. My wife felt that Tom was not too happy !. My point is you need about an hour to go through all the buildings. I did not get to go gold panning or into the mine. I cant imagine what it is like if there were 10 or more passengers. We then went to Tortilla Flats.It was along the original stagecoach road, although it is now paved.lol Very windy. We got there about 12 noon.Were told to waiting at 12.45pm. We did have time to eat at the local inn. Enjoyed sitting on the saddles at the bar. Food was good.Did not have too much time to wander around. Was picked up at 12.45pm taken to paddle boat. Left at 1.00pm. Enjoyable cruise Saw quite a few mountain sheep.No eagles.About 100 minutes on water. Arrived back at hotel safely
Overall good experience. I gave it 3 stars based on what thought was shortness of stops.
I think at least 1 hour at each stop would be about right. Suggest tour operators start tour at least half hour earlier. Neil B.

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