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 steamboat cruise, and visit the quirky town of Tortilla Flat. You'll experience the history and natural beauty of Arizona during this fascinating tour.
Full-day tour of the Apache Trail and Canyon Lake, from Phoenix
Visit the historic ghost town of Goldfield
Take a relaxing steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake, one of Arizona's most beautiful desert lakes
Stop at Tortilla Flat, the last remaining stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail
Learn about the region's history, geology and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide
After morning pickup from select Phoenix hotels, get comfortable as you travel in a climate-controlled van into the rugged Sonoran Desert. Relax as your guide expertly navigates the rough terrain as you follow the Apache Trail at the base of the Superstition Mountains.
Designated the first ‘Historic Highway’ in Arizona, the Apache Trail started out as a footpath used by native Americans to cross the Superstition Mountains. The Apache Trail later became a stagecoach route with stops like the former gold mining town of Goldfield, which underwent a boom and bust in the late 1890s. Today the ghost town's western-themed attractions offer insights into the West's history. You can see authentic 19th-century artifacts in Goldfield’s Historic Museum, step into Lu Lu’s Bordello to learn about the lives of female pioneers, and try panning for gold.
Next up, enjoy gliding around Canyon Lake aboard a legendary steamboat named Dolly. Hear live narration during the 6-mile (10-kilometer) cruise and keep an eye out for bald eagles, big horn sheep and other desert wildlife in the surrounding volcanic cliffs.
After your steamboat ride, stop to purchase lunch (own expense) and visit Tortilla Flat, a tiny town with eccentric charms including a festively decorated saloon. The town motto is ‘The Town Too Tough To Die’ and its official population is six people. Hear about local legends like the Lost Dutchman Mine and other regional history.
Your fun and fascinating full-day tour ends with returns to your Phoenix hotel.
Really enjoyed our tour, Our guide Bill was excellent and very helpful. My wife has difficulty moving around and Bill helped in every way possible. We would highly recommend taking this tour if you are in the area. Very pleased with the trip!!
We had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide Wayne was one of the most knowledgable guides we have ever had. He literally didn't stop talking from the minute we were picked up until he dropped off at the end of the trip but we had no problem with this as he was very informative. Our first stop was an old western movie set where there is some good photo opportunities. The next stop was a reconstructed ghost town called Goldfield. It had everything from a bar to a gift shop, ice cream parlour and activities. After driving through the valley along some very winding roads our third stop was lunch at Tortilla Flat. There was some great food on offer and you can even try some prickly pear ice cream. The conclusion of the tour was a steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake. You will get to see lots of big horn sheep and eagles on the charming 90 minute narrated tour. We would recommend this tour to anybody that enjoys the Wild West and has an interest in flora and fauna in this area. Be aware that the tour may be cancelled or rescheduled to another day at short notice if there are not enough people on the day you have booked.
Did this trip on my own as my travel companion did not want to go with me. And I have to say I would do this one again in a heartbeat. The Apache Trail was interesting and the little town we stopped in for lunch was awesome. But the steamboat cruise was truly wonderful. We saw so many animals up on the rocks - mountain goats, eagles, and my personal favorites the little coots that swam next to the boat. You will not be disappointed with this trip that's for sure.
Even though things were running late for some reason, we had plenty of time to see it all and never felt rushed. Our driver, Mike, was great! He took extra time to show us things and was always telling us interesting facts about what we were seeing. He is definitely in his element! We had a wonderful time. Saw a lot of beautiful and interesting things and ate well also! I highly recommend this tour!
I presume Viator sends the tour out to the lowest bidder. We got stuck with Ma and Pa Tours/Redstone and spent the day sweating in a 1990 P.O.S. tour bus with minimal A.C. and a broken P.A. system, so we couldn't hear anything the tour driver said in the back of the bus. It ruined an otherwise pleasant tour and tour guide. I would recommend skipping Viator and going directly to the tour company, so you know who/what you are getting.
We had the most amazing day! Mike was an awesome guide extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! I highly recommend this trip it is a perfect day trip to learn a little history and enjoy beautiful scenery. Thanks for the memories!