Superstition Mountains Tours

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Superstition Mountains
Located in Central Arizona’s Tonto National Forest -- within an hour of Phoenix -- the rugged 160,000 acre (64,750 hectare) Superstition Mountain Range is one of the state’s best hiking, rock climbing and outdoor activity attractions, especially for those with a true sense of adventure. Some popular treks in the Superstition Mountains include Miner’s Needle, Weaver’s Needle, Cave Trail and Peralta Canyon Trail (Peralta Canyon Area) and Treasure Loop Trail, Siphon Draw Trail and The Hand (Lost Dutchman Area). Those wanting to enjoy otherworldly desert scenery will love the mountain’s hoodoos and curving canyons, formed by volcanic eruptions that occurred over 15 million years ago. 

Superstition Mountains is an apt name for the range, as it’s home to a number of legends. Its history dates back 9,000 years, with some of its many inhabitants including the Apache Indians, Spanish explorers, Mexican gold miners and American trappers. One story is of the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine,” about a man named Jacob Waltz (aka the Lost Dutchman) who supposedly knew where the world’s richest mine was -- somewhere in the Superstition Mountains -- and kept the secret even after he died in 1891. Additionally, Apache Indians believed there was a hole in the mountain that led to hell.  

An interesting related attraction is the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, where visitors can peruse artifacts, historical treasures and folklore objects from the Superstition Mountains and surrounding area. You’ll also find the Elvis Memorial Chapel, a chapel and movie museum showing films made at Apacheland. The museum is open 9am to 4pm daily (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is $5 per adult, $4 for seniors 55 and over, and free for youths 17 and younger with a paid adult. 

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As the Superstition Mountains are located in the desert, it’s important to bring extra water, sunscreen and layers -- especially ones that can keep you cool -- to be prepared for the weather. The best time to visit is considered October through April, when the heat is less intense. There are two main areas when visiting (although these aren’t your only options): Peralta Canyon Area, located on Peralta Road off Highway 60, and Lost Dutchman State Park off Highway 88 toward Canyon Lake. 
Address: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Apache Trail / Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

While visiting Phoenix, travel back to the Old West during a full-day tour along the Apache Trail. Your informative and entertaining guide takes you through the Sonoran Desert to Goldfield, a once-bustling mining outpost that has become a ghost town loaded with 19th-century artifacts and attractions. Admire the beauty of Canyon Lake during a 90-minute steamboat cruise, and visit the quirky town of Tortilla Flat. You'll experience the history and natural beauty of Arizona during this fascinating 8-hour tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain

While in Arizona, make the most of your trip by carving out time for this day tour of the Apache Trail from Phoenix. Travel down the trail, and stop at Tortilla Flat, the Superstition Mountains, and Goldfield Ghost Town. Hop on a steamboat, and cruise on Canyon Lake, and snap pictures from Canyon Lake Vista. Round-trip transport is included with this tour, so you can enjoy the day without the hassle of driving yourself.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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H1 Hummer Adventure from Phoenix

The rugged landscape of the Superstition Mountains is not easily conquered. Accessing the dry, cactus-laden desert trails is no problem - if you’re riding in a Hummer H1. This extreme adventure gives you a serious adrenalin rush as your guide hurtles you down the Bulldog Canyon trail, enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the desert backcountry.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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