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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.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Apache Trail / Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

Canyon Lake

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 goldmining 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 cruise and keep an eye out for bald eagles, big horn sheep and other desert wildlife in the surrounding volcanic cliffs.

After your 90-minute 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.

Customer Reviews

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommend this tour! The instructor was so knowledgeable about absolutely everything, from the history of the area to the native plants and animals. Really enjoyed the ghost town and the boat tour, however they could have skipped the first stop (movie set) in my opinion.

Alexandru M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was great. The guide gave us all kind of interesting information and answered our questions.
The actual cruise was nice but having binoculars would have made it great.
The stop at Tortilla Flat where we had lunch was a high point.
Highly recommended tour.

Lannette Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip was absolutely amazing, will definitely be booking thru this company again.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wayne was a great tour guide! Knew his stuff. Do a lot of traveling with Tauck Tours 5 stars and he could work for them!
Mike and Mary Ann

Lawrence M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a great trip. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable which made the tour so interesting and fun.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. There were only 4 in the group and Wayne our tour guide was a very personable guide. He kept the tour relaxed and informative. Thank you Wayne!!

Peter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

our guide Wayne was on time, courteous, very knowledgeable and took very good care of the group.
For history buffs, lots of information to digest. Just a suggestion to eat a hearty breakfast first as lunch will be after 1:30PM.

Janice R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was great and lots of fun. We went with Arizona Tour and Travel and our guide was Wayne who was great. He allowed us some flexibility and we were able to get some shopping done and had our lunch in Tortilla Flat. Also, the steamboat cruise was great. Canyon Lake is beautiful, and we saw big horn sheep and a bald eagle.

Attilio S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was excellent. They picked us up right at the lobby of the hotel and the tour guide was amazing. Not only did he talk about Apache trail but he also told of the history of Phoenix. Additionally, the boat ride was wonderful and relaxing. Saw some Bald Eagles during the trip.. Great Time

Himmel United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

WOW! This 8 hour tour was SO MUCH BETTER than expected! Wayne Parker was our CTFG Certified FABULOUS Tour Guide :-. His knowledge, presentations, friendliness and genuine class easily lifted our tour over the top of every mountain we saw. Folks, the scenery - almost from second to second - is spellbinding. From the incredible desert trees, cactus and scrub to the hills, vistas and mountains to the old western towns, rivers and lakes, there's hardly a moment to regroup in between each new adventure! This is a 100 MUST. WOW!

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