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Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix

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Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Explore the Apache Trail from Phoenix on a full-day tour that takes you into the legendary Sonoran Desert. Visit the ghost town of Goldfield, ride a steamboat on Canyon Lake, stop at the eccentric hamlet of Tortilla Flat and admire views of the Superstition Wilderness from Fish Creek Hill. Get a feel for the Wild West as you learn about the region's history and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off and an expert driver who navigates the rough and winding roads for a stress-free day out. Choose between a small-group or private tour.
  • Full-day tour of the Apache Trail, from Phoenix
  • Hear stories about life on the American frontier from your informative guide
  • Learn about edible plants and desert survival skills
  • Includes bottled water and hotel pickup and drop-off in Phoenix
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1/1/2022 - 7/3/2023
Wednesday:08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Friday:08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Sunday:08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Please note: We do not guarantee pickup for all hotels. Even if your hotel is on the list, there may be a chance you'll need to meet at an alternate location. If need be, the supplier will determine a location you can meet to be picked up for your excursion. Tour supplier contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher.
The original Apache Trail was a footpath that the local native Americans used to traverse the Superstition Mountains. As western expansion took hold, the footpath became a stage coach trail for miners and mountaineers in search of their fortunes, and later it earned the first ‘Historic Highway’ destination in Arizona.

During your full-day tour of the Apache Trail, relax and take in the scenery on a 6-mile narrated nature cruise on Canyon Lake aboard a legendary steamboat. Look for big horn sheep, bald eagles and other desert animals, and admire the lake’s volcanic cliffs, which stand as high as 1,300 feet (396 meters).

Visit the ghost town of Goldfield, founded in 1892 and named for the precious metal found in the area. A hub of the region’s gold mining operations for five years, it quickly declined when the ore ran out. Nowadays the town offers western-themed attractions such as panning for gold, displays of authentic mining gear at Goldfield’s Historic Museum, and tales about female pioneers of the 1800’s at Lu Lu’s Bordello.

After your steamboat ride, visit Tortilla Flat and Fish Creek Hill in the Superstition Wilderness. Once a stagecoach stop, Tortilla Flat retains a quirky charm, in evidence in its motto ‘The Town Too Tough To Die’ and a festively decorated saloon. From Fish Creek Hill, enjoy a stunning vantage point over the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Wilderness.

Your guide fills you in on the legends of the Lost Dutchman Mine, along with plenty of information about the region’s history, geography and wildlife, including rare animals and edible plants.

At the end of your full-day tour, your guide returns you to your Phoenix-area hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Apache Trail Scenic Drive
Only minutes from the city, the Apache Trail is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Sonoran desert. Arizona’s first designated “Historic Highway” and a scenic byway, the original Apache Trail was a footpath by which the local Apache Tribe traveled through the Superstition Mountains.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Superstition Mountains
View these stunning desert mountains as you drive along the Apache Trail
Stop At:  
Canyon Lake
During your tour along the Apache Trail, you will also be treated to a steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake by the famous Dolly Steamboat.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Dolly Steamboat
As part of the six mile narrated nature cruise, there may be opportunities to see bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and a host of other desert animals as well as unforgettable views of 1,300 ft. volcanic cliff walls of Canyon Lake.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lost Dutchman State Park
Tortilla Flat has become a fixture of the Apache Trail since its inception in 1904. Not fire, drought, or bandits could destroy this hearty stage stop which holds onto its rich tradition through its architecture and unique decorating sense. If you get too warm, you can quite literally “saddle up” to the bar and enjoy a cold beverage to cool you down. This rugged landscape in the Sonoran Desert has been the jewel that some men were looking for with the most famous involving the Lost Dutchman Mine. Rumored to have found the largest gold vein in the west, German immigrant Jacob Waltz trusted his newly found gold deposit to no one and the secret of its location was buried with him. If you have the “golden eye” maybe you can spot it while on tour!
Stop At:  
Tortilla Flat
Two of the more colorful stops along the Apache Trail are Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Goldfield Ghost Town
Goldfield, aptly named after the precious metal found in the area, was incorporated in 1892. For five long years this town was a gold miner’s paradise, however, soon after the vein stopped producing Goldfield quickly turned into a gold mining ghost town. During the tour you will have a chance to spend time in this restored ghost town practicing your gold panning techniques, marveling at the original mining gear, or even spending some time at Lu Lu’s Bordello if you dare.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Arizona state law requires children under 8 years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats are not provided, please bring your own
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Wheelchairs that can fold up are acceptable on tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Detours of Arizona
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
Very enjoyable
Nicola_B
, May 2022
Easy booking process and we were contacted the day before to confirm our collection time and location. Robert, I may have his name wrong, sorry, - we met so many great people in our 2 week holiday arrived promptly in a very clean and tidy small bus and made us feel very at ease. We did go on to collect from a couple of other locations however they were pretty much on the way we were going so wasn’t an issue. Our guide provided some great narration on the drive as we travelled between the various stops and my husband and I appreciated his manner and sense of humour. He reminded us of Chevy Chase in the nicest of ways. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and our Co-travellers were all amenable. The drive through Superstition Mountains was quite something - the scenery was amazing. Tortilla Flats was a lovely stop and the duration of the stop was timed to perfection - highly recommend an ice cream from the shop at the end of the street. Next stop is Canyon Lake where there is the opportunity to purchase lunch. Whilst I appreciate the suggestion to get your lunch to go so you can eat it on the Steamboat there was ample time to consume before we boarded the boat which was our preference as all the food was designed to be served hot. I wasn’t as keen on the boat ride as I had anticipated. It appeared to be almost/ or at capacity and whilst everyone appeared to have a seat I did feel there wasn’t the same opportunity to move around as what there would be with lower passenger numbers. It was a pleasant ride around the deceptively huge lake even if my attention had waned about half way round, for me personally the journey was about 20/25 minutes too long. The last stop is Goldfield which was my favourite stop of the day & I felt it a slight shame that we weren’t there longer as there were plenty of things to occupy your time - a train ride, a small zip line, shooting gallery, a visit down the mine to name a few as well as exploring all the buildings in the “town” though some were closed which was disappointing. Overall an enjoyable day, well executed and fairly priced.
star-5
Great Tour
William_C
, May 2022
Great tour, information and views. Robert our tour guild was excellent, he had a lot of knowledge and was very good.
star-5
A “must do tour”
Brenda_R
, May 2022
Tracy was the most wonderful guide, the places came alive with stories and anecdotes throughout the trip. The two couples who shared this experience were both from different parts of this country but we all got along and became a very friendly group. This made the whole day so much more enjoyable. The tour itself I would rate as one of the best I have done in this area over the 5 years I have been visiting Arizona. The guides through the various stops were extremely knowledgeable and all had “stories”. This tour had everything, information, history, culture, probably the best guide I have had the pleasure of meeting, fantastic food, even the opportunity to partake of some alcoholic beverages, wonderful scenery and a boat trip on Canyon lake to remember.
star-5
Great Tour!
Randy_C
, Apr 2022
We had a great time! The guide was so great explaining all the different culture and landscape around the area. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great experience.
star-5
Great trip and tour guide
Greg_K
, Mar 2022
Great tour guide. All the stops were interesting. Overall great trip to learn more about Arizona! Recommend-
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us out on the road. We couldn't agree with you more! Until next time, Nathan DETOURS
star-5
Do itttttt
Jordan_G
, Feb 2022
Deff a great day lots to see we had a great experience ! Guide was very informative and had a lot to share loved that we got to do our own thing at every stop
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
"Do It" Apache Tour, Dolly Steamboat
Buford_M
, Feb 2022
We were picked up right on schedule for the Apache Trail Tour and our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable about the area. The Dolly Steamboat was wonderful as well. The sites and scenery was wonderful. My wife & I loved it. Thank you very much.
star-5
Awesome experience
Oluwaseun_I
, Oct 2021
It was a beautiful day full of great adventures from the bus tour to Superstition Mountain Musuem to Apache trails to Steam boat ride at Canyon lake and visits to lot more places. Dan the tour guide was very informative and friendly. The whole family had fun.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It is always a beautiful day when we get to visit the Apache Trail! Thanks for sharing your experience with DETOURS. Hope to see you again soon! Best Regards, Nathan DETOURS
star-2
So-so boring and highly overpriced tour, but with a great guide
Boris_N
, Jul 2021
While our guide (Steve) was great and provided lots of interesting information, the overall tour was not, especially considering that I paid $1200 for a family of four. If you have a car, this tour could very easily be done on your own. The tour basically has 4 stops - at a museum near the Superstition Mountains, at an old Gold Town, at Tortilla Flat and then a Dolly boat ride. The museum was interesting as was the Gold Town. Tortilla Flats is just a few buildings and the Dolly boat ride was slow, packed and AC barely worked, though the views were beautiful. Of all the tours we took in AZ, this was by far the most boring. While Steve was an excellent guide, I feel like all the stops were obvious and I could have driven this tour myself. Considering the insane $1200 price tag, I was expecting something a bit more special.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Boris, We appreciate your compliments on Steve as your private tour guide. We are disappointed to learn that you did not find the Apache Trail as enjoyable as many of our guests do. While it is true you can drive the Apache Trail on your own, we hope you saw the value in having a private tour guide narrate what you were seeing and contribute to educational aspect of this historic region. We hope you will tour with us in the future to some other locations as we are proud of our guides and vehicles as well as variety of tour options. Thank you, Rachel
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great local stories and relaxing boat ride
DebraM
, May 2021
Second tour with this company. Again guide was very knowledgeable. Loved the steamboat ride and stories of Superstition Mountains and mining village.
star-5
Never A Dull Moment
Kathy_G
, Apr 2021
Loved it! Perfectly coordinated. Great ENERGETIC guide! Outstanding value. The diversity of terrain was a huge surprise. Highly recommend.
star-5
Excellent Tour and Boat Ride
Conrad_F
, Mar 2020
Th Apache Trail Day with Dolly Steamboat Tour was excellent. Our tour leader and driver, Dan, was extremely knowledgeable and was very attentive to the needs of the people in the tours. The tour was well planned and the highlight was the Dolly Steamboat ride on Canyon Lake. The weather was great and the boat ride superb. We saw numerous Big horn mountain goats was which was a first for me.
star-4
A must!
DK-59
, Feb 2020
Tour guide Jennifer was exemplary, very interesting info on Apache history and area plant-life. The steamboat tour of Canyon lake was amazing.
star-4
The best was being on the Dolly because we saw wild life and awesome canyon.
ginnyguy
, Feb 2020
This was a wonderful adventure that I would highly recommend . The ghost town was fun and sold lots of goodies , like delicious fudge . The scenery was beautiful .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
tomaslukosiunastkk9
, Feb 2020
We visited all places which were mentioned in tour description so I'm very satisfied. Also we had guide which knew so much about history of these places so we also get many interesting stories.
star-5
Good value for the money
heinlein
, Feb 2020
The tour was interesting and fun. I shared the van with 11 nice people, from several countries. We got along well, as politics were not discussed. Our tour guide, Dan, was knowledgeable and friendly. He is a skilled driver. The tour was good value for the money. The steamboat ride was interesting, though not sure why it was called “steamboat”, as it was not. The only downside was the poor food at the restaurant. That opinion was shared by several people. The “specials”, were special, especially bad. The visit to the ghost town was a good opportunity to learn a few facts about mining in the area. Overall, a good experience. I would do another tour with this company.
star-5
Amazing day to the apache trial.
wilmajongma
, Feb 2020
We had wednesday 5th feb a wonderfull experience with your d tour to the apache trial. Amazing. What a fabulouse guide was Dan. His knowledge and explaining was great. We were from Holland but is was what we hoped for. He drives the bus excellent . Compliments! Thank you for this great dat.
star-5
Scenery, wildlife boat ride
deekpickles
, Jan 2020
Great guide scenery was breathtaking boat ride was fabulous and captain was very informative. Saw lots of wildlife. Highly recommend this price was very fair.
star-5
Great tour with Stan
janicem0727
, Jan 2020
Great day with our driver Stan. Very knowledgeable and accommodating. My husband is handicapped and Stan went out of his way to ensure his comfort.
star-5
Best way to see great attactions!!
Sightseer56006457475
, Nov 2019
We loved our whole day. Worth the money. Only way to go. Tracy was great in telling us about what we were seeing, what we were about to see and more!!

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