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Apache Trail

Apache Trail

Free admission
4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd

The Basics

With activities for all types of travelers, the Apache Trail makes for a perfect day trip destination from Phoenix. Most Apache Trail tours last a full day and include vehicle transportation plus hiking, a cruise through Canyon Lake on a vessel like the old-fashioned Dolly Steamboat, and visits to historic sites. Travel along the road’s panoramic Sonoran Desert to find the eerie Tortilla Flat and Goldfield ghost towns, once-bustling mining outposts that are now 19th-century artifacts and attractions; Lost Dutchman State Park, where a legendary gold mine is said to be hidden among the red-rock hills; and the towering Roosevelt Dam. For more outdoor adventure, camp at Canyon Lake and Tonto National Forest or board a jeep for a guided desert tour of the area’s stunning geology, history, and wildlife.

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Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
star-4.5
$135.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience!
Great trip. Zane was fun to visit with as he described the varieties of the desert plants, the history of the area and the events of the tour. Want to have a fun experience, this should be in your list.
RAY_P, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

star-5
A very enjoyable dya.
Harry_S, Aug 2021
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Its an excellent itinerary including fun stops along the Apache Trail, excellent viewing and food, The Dolly Steamboat ride is just a special scenic boat ride.
star-5
Awesome experience
Julie_S, Jan 2022
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
We had an awesome tour guide, Bobby, who made the trip very enjoyable. It was great seeing so many things in one day that we might not otherwise have known to see. Even saw an eagle on the Dolly Steamboat and delicious food at Tortilla Flat. We had to make changes, and they worked with us to do so.
star-5
Wonderful Tour.
Ilan_S, Dec 2021
Private Half-Day Apache Trail Tour with Pickup
David was a wonderful, Knowledgeable guide. It rained the day we took the tour, and we decided to go forward. We had a different experience seeing the dessert wet. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Will do it again 😊
Tammy_S, Dec 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Had a great time on our tour with Zane yesterday! Awesome views, relaxing day and great food! So much fun!
star-5
Our daytrip on our visit to Phoenix.
Kelley_D, Dec 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Enjoyed the great meal at Tortilla Flats and the Dolly steamboat ride where we got to see some mountain sheep. Frank was a very good host and fun to listen to.
star-5
It was a great tour.
Turner_R, Sep 2021
Full Day Apache Trail Adventure Tour from Scottsdale
The steamboat part of the tour was really great, we seen sheep’s and rams. Our guide was well versed in the tour.
star-5
Fun trip!
Denise_S, Jul 2021
Full Day Apache Trail Adventure Tour from Scottsdale
It was nice we didn’t have to drive ourselves. Everything went very smooth on the adventure. I feel we could have had a bit more time at the museum and the ghost town. Overall it was good.
star-5
A terrific day!
Phyllis_Q, Dec 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Our tour guide Frank, was great. A wealth of information. Stops along the way were good. We wish we had more time to do the Sedona/Grand Canyon tour.
star-5
Great local stories and relaxing boat ride
DebraM, May 2021
Small Group or Private Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
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
Small Group or Private Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
Loved it! Perfectly coordinated. Great ENERGETIC guide! Outstanding value. The diversity of terrain was a huge surprise. Highly recommend.
star-4
Ok Experience
ajagsi, Mar 2021
Private Half-Day Apache Trail Tour with Pickup
Guide was nice, but felt rushed at times. Also, expecting more from tour given high price. Overall average experience.
star-5
Good day.
Mary_C, Oct 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Frank was great. Informative, accommodating, humorous. We had an amazing time. Boat ride was very peaceful.Had a excellent lunch in Tortilla Flat.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Apache Trail Circle Route takes a full day to complete, although visitors can choose to stay overnight to spend more time hiking, camping, and exploring the desert.

  • Take extra caution when driving, as portions of the road are unpaved and the desert’s terrain is rough and includes steep cliffs.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and sun protection, and bring plenty of water.

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How to Get There

Most guided tours provide transportation to and from hotels in downtown Phoenix. But, if you’re driving, start at Apache Junction, a city roughly 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix by road, where the 80-mile (129-kilometer) Apache Trail Circle Route begins. Then loop past Roosevelt Lake and head south to Globe and Miami, before turning back toward Apache Junction.

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When to Get There

November through April is the best time to visit, when the weather is sunny and mild. In springtime, visitors to the Apache Trail can see wildflowers blooming throughout the desert landscape. Traffic is common during summer, when temperatures average above 100°F (38°C).

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Exploring Goldfield Ghost Town

In this Old West outpost, try your luck at gold panning, explore historic shops and buildings, tour Mammoth Gold Mine, and peruse the Goldfield Museum. Satisfy your hunger with burgers and cold brews inside the saloon.

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