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  • Location:Phoenix, Arizona
  • Duration:8 hours

Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

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 lunch 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 lunch, drinking water, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Phoenix

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Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

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.

Customer Reviews

Carol Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

awesome trip. We took our 9 year grandson and we were amazed how much he enjoyed it. Thanks to Jason M. our tour guide, for taking the time to answer his questions and for making sure to include him in conversations. We originally planned on driving ourselves but after seeing the road, we were glad to leave the driving to the tour operator. The excursion on the Dolly paddle boat up the canyon was a truly a magical experience dinosaur fossils, and petrified logs, oh my! Kids from about 8 to 12 or so are perfect companions on this tour.

Suzanne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Well worth doing. We had a great day.

allavlad1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had a great time! tour guide Meno was good .

JANICE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Wonderful tour - lots of information, beautiful scenery. guide (Montana) fantastic. Would recomment to anyone.

S W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Surpassed expectations and was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of our party. Memo was knowledgeable and informative. The journey to Fish Creek was amazing, just a shame there were not more opportunities to take in the views

Lesley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The Apache Trail trip is a must. The scenery along Salt River Canyon is awesome. A magic day.

Manuel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

The Apache Trail was amazing. The tour guide
was awesome explaining everything to us. It was such a beautiful day, that next time we travel we are using Viator. i spoke to Mike Simmons, and he was so kind as to fax the voucher at the hotel we were staying in, since we had no way to print the voucher. Everyone at Viator was great and very helpful. Love them.

Robert P

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

We took the Apache Trail tour in mid -Sept 2014 the day after a heavy rain. The desert was lovely. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our question. We especially enjoy the Ferry ride on Canyon Lake.

Frances R

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

very nice, but it would have been nice for a printed sheet of route and the area

james h

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

went to tomestone to much driving see to little.

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