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

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

Razvan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our driver was very experienced in telling us different stories and also taking pictures of us in different places. Highly recommended!

Lorraine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a very pleasant day. Manny was very knowledgeable. Loved the Ghost town that we visited and the beauty of Canyon Lake. Was a long day, but well worth it.

Patricia L A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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.

David D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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!

Amanda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

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!

Rosemary O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Beautiful, serene . The cruise was like a picture book setting.. The guide Mike was knowledgeable, amusing and very pleasant.

Leo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great tout. Mike knew the area well and was able to answer all of our questions. The Canyon Lake cruise provided breathtaking sights.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

All the places we went were interesting but we could probably have done all on our own. What made the tour for us was our guide Wayne who was outstanding. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area, the history, the landscape and made it really interesting. He talked non-stop and it was all worth listening to. He also knew a lot of the people we met on the tour.

Jim K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The tour was a good spend of a day. Mike was very informative and made our trip!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

What an amazing trip and beautiful trip! Our driver/guide, Mike Rodriguez, knew the area and everything to see. Everyone should be so lucky to have Mike show them this beautiful area. From Apache Junction, Tortilla Flats to Canyon Lake this is a must see!

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