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Apache Trail

Apache Trail

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138 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Great time with family.
Amber_L, Jun 2021
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Was so happy to feel like if we wanted to we could of stayed longer in some areas. Never felt rushed. Great tour guide named John. Will be asking for him if we go again.
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Decent tour
Jennifer_B, May 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
The places we visited were good but the transportation was very uncomfortable. It would be good if you could get a better shuttle van.
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Awesome!!!
Sue_T, May 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Eric was a great driver! Very friendly and informative. Wonderful time food wax awesome at Tortilla Flats. The prickly pear ice cream was good too!
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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.
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Fabulous tour with Noel
Maryrose_K, Apr 2021
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Noel our guide was the best, so informative and learned a lot from him. Scenery was beautiful and boat ride very special
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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.
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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.
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Wonderful tour
Carol_G, May 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
NIce short talk about desert vegetation in a park on the way. 90 minute boat ride. We saw lots of longhorn sheep. Then to lunch in Tortilla Flats. Eric our tour guide was wonderful.
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Amazing Adventure
Rosie11, Feb 2020
Full Day Apache Trail Adventure Tour from Scottsdale
Our tour guide, Cody, was knowledgeable, punctual, and made sure we had an amazing time. We loved seeing the host town, mining for gold, going on the zip line with amazing views, and touring Canyon Lake on a ferry. A amazing experience like no other. Definitely do this tour when visiting Arizona.
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Very good tour.
Barbara_E, May 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Van driver was friendly and helpful. The boat trip was great. Relaxing and informative. The Captain was very good. Pointed out sheep, eagles nest and more.
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Excellent Tour and Boat Ride
Conrad_F, Mar 2020
Small Group or Private Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
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.
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Beautiful Day Trip!
Patricia, Mar 2020
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Our first experience with a semi-custom day trip was absolutely wonderful! Steve was very accommodating, knowledgeable, and professional. We plan to return to Arizona in the future and will look to book additional day trips with this service.

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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