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Apache Trail Tours

Originally built as a copper trade route, the Apache Trail now guides travelers past steep desert mountains, cliff dwellings, lake shores, eroded canyons, and old mining towns. This scenic road winds 120 miles (193 kilometers) through Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, from the outskirts of Phoenix to the vast Theodore Roosevelt Lake. 

The Basics
With activities for all types of travelers, the Apache Trail makes for a perfect day trip destination from Phoenix. Most Apache Trail tours last a full day and include vehicle transportation plus hiking, a cruise through Canyon Lake on a vessel like the old-fashioned Dolly Steamboat, and visits to historic sites. Travel along the road’s panoramic Sonoran Desert to find the eerie Tortilla Flat and Goldfield ghost towns, once-bustling mining outposts that are now 19th-century artifacts and attractions; Lost Dutchman State Park, where a legendary gold mine is said to be hidden among the red-rock hills; and the towering Roosevelt Dam. For more outdoor adventure, camp at Canyon Lake and Tonto National Forest or board a jeep for a guided desert tour of the area’s stunning geology, history, and wildlife. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Apache Trail Circle Route takes a full day to complete, although visitors can choose to stay overnight to spend more time hiking, camping, and exploring the desert.
  • Take extra caution when driving, as portions of the road are unpaved and the desert’s terrain is rough and includes steep cliffs. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, and bring plenty of water. 

How to Get There
Most guided tours provide transportation to and from hotels in downtown Phoenix. But, if you’re driving, start at Apache Junction, a city roughly 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix by road, where the 80-mile (129-kilometer) Apache Trail Circle Route begins. Then loop past Roosevelt Lake and head south to Globe and Miami, before turning back toward Apache Junction.

When to Get There
November through April is the best time to visit, when the weather is sunny and mild. In springtime, visitors to the Apache Trail can see wildflowers blooming throughout the desert landscape. Traffic is common during summer, when temperatures average above 100°F (38°C).

Exploring Goldfield Ghost Town
In this Old West outpost, try your luck at gold panning, explore historic shops and buildings, tour Mammoth Gold Mine, and peruse the Goldfield Museum. Satisfy your hunger with burgers and cold brews inside the saloon.

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Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour, Phoenix, null
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Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Cruise Canyon Lake for 90-minutes aboard Dolly Steamboat. This narrated cruise explores a slot canyon. Keep your eyes open for long horn sheep and eagles. ...  Read more

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

From USD $129.00
Apache Trail / Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise, Phoenix, Day Cruises
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Apache Trail / Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

Arizona is renowned for its spectacular scenery, as you will see on your journey along the magnificent Apache Trail following the base of the Superstition ...  Read more

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

From USD $136.69
Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix, Phoenix, Day Trips
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Apache Trail Day Tour from Phoenix

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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

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

From USD $138.99
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain, Phoenix, ... 
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Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This 8-hour tour makes the most of a one day journey on the Apache Trail. See the Sonoran Desert and Canyon Lake via a small group of up to five passengers ...  Read more

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

From USD $155.00

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