What To Expect
Arizona's first designated "Historic Highway" and a scenic byway, the original Apache Trail was a footpath in which the local Apache Tribe would use to travel through the Superstition Mountains. When western expansion began to take hold, this once small footpath became a stage coach trail for miners and mountain men who were in search of their fortunes. Two of the more colorful stops along the Apache Trail are Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flats.
Goldfield, aptly named after the precious metal that was found in the area, was incorporated in 1892. For 5 long years this town was a gold miner's Mecca, 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.
During your tour along the Apache Trail, you will be treated to a steamboat ride on Canyon Lake aboard the famous Dolly Steamboat. As part of the 6-mile narrated nature cruise, there will be opportunities to see Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles, and a host of other desert animals as well as unforgettable views of 1300 ft. volcanic cliff walls of Canyon Lake.
Following our steamboat ride, the tour will continue to Tortilla Flat and just beyond that Fish Creek Hill in the Superstition Wilderness. 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. We continue to the Fish Creek Hill overlook which gives you an amazing vantage point to peer off into the Sonoran Desert and Superstition Wilderness.
The Superstition Mountains are truly a breathtaking sight to behold. This rugged landscape in the Sonoran Desert has been the jewel that some men were looking for, while for others it became their tomb, with the most famous involving the Lost Dutchman Mine. Rumored to have found the largest gold vein in the west, German immigrant Jacob Waltz entrusted 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!
Superstition Wilderness scenery
Salt River Lakes
Goldfield Ghost Town
Fish Creek Hill
Tonto National Monument
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
National Monument entry fees
Dolly Steamboat cruise ticket
Tips and gratuities
Additional fees or surcharges may apply.
Child rates are applicable for children ages 2 - 12. Children under 2 years old are not allowed to participate in the tour.
This tour has a 4 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
Pick-up services are available at most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe area. View Hotel Pick-Up List
Temperatures in the Superstition Mountains vary by season. Please bring your jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.
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