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  • Location:Phoenix, Arizona
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Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

Spend the day following the historic Apache Trail on a guided true wilderness adventure. It's a perfect day out in the Sonoran Desert.


  • Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix
  • See Fish Creek Hill, Canyon Lake, Superstition Mountain Wilderness and more
  • Friendly and courteous expert guide

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Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

Only minutes from the city, the Apache Trail is a true wilderness adventure and a perfect day in the Sonoran Desert. Arizona's first designated "Historic Highway" and a scenic byway, the original Apache Trail was a footpath in which the local Apache Tribe would use to travel through the Superstition Mountains. When western expansion began to take hold, this once small footpath became a stage coach trail for miners and mountain men who were in search of their fortunes. Two of the more colorful stops along the Apache Trail are Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flats. Goldfield, aptly named after the precious metal that was found in the area, was incorporated in 1892. For 5 long years this town was a gold miner’s Mecca, however, soon after the vein stopped producing, Goldfield quickly turned into a gold mining ghost town. During the tour you will have a chance to spend time in this restored ghost town with opportunities to practice your gold panning techniques, marvel at the original mining gear, or even spending some time at Lu Lu’s Bordello if you dare.

During your tour along the Apache Trail, you will be treated to a steamboat ride on Canyon Lake by the famous Dolly Steamboat. As part of the 6-mile narrated nature cruise, keep your eye out for Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles and a host of other desert animals as well as unforgettable views of 1300-foot volcanic cliff walls of Canyon Lake.

Following your steamboat ride, visit Tortilla Flat and just beyond that Fish Creek Hill in the Superstition Wilderness. Tortilla Flat has become a fixture of the Apache Trail since its inception in 1904. Nothing could destroy this stage stop which holds onto its rich tradition through its architecture and unique decorating sense. At Fish Creek Hill overlook, enjoy views of the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Wilderness from your amazing vantage point. The Superstition Mountains are truly a breathtaking sight to behold. This rugged landscape in the Sonoran Desert has been the jewel that some men were looking for with the most famous involving the Lost Dutchman Mine. Rumored to have found the largest gold vein in the west, German immigrant Jacob Waltz trusted his newly found gold deposit to no one and the secret of its location was buried with him. If you have the “golden eye” maybe you can spot it while on tour!

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

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

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

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.

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.

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.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

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

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

went to tomestone to much driving see to little.

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