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Apache Trail

Apache Trail

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151 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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A very enjoyable dya.
Harrytraveller, 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.
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30th Anniversary
Pam_B, Sep 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Watching the mountain goats coming down for water. The crew pointing out different images using your imagination in the rocks. Our guide Frank taking us on a tour of the Native Plants of Arizona.
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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.
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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.
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Apache trail and Dolly
Carolyn_D, Jul 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Our tour guide Brien was great. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the entire trip. We would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a way to learn more about Arizona
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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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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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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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Very informative
Angela_L, Jul 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
My teen grandson and 7yr old grandson enjoyed learning about desert life and cacti. Our guide, Brian was the perfect host.
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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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Awesome day trip
joseph_s, Jul 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
Excellent day trip. Frank was our guide. He was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful and scenic ride to the lake is about an hour but frank broke it down in a couple of stops Boat ride is very nice and it’s air conditioned. After the ride, we got a nice meal and all prices are reasonable. I would say that if you keep the prices reasonable you will always have people there. Thank you 100% satisfied
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Outstanding Tour
Ann_B, Jun 2021
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
This was one of the best tours my family and I were able to go on at it really was because Brian is awesome!!! From pick up he was informative about the area, pleasant, made us all laugh. My son got a bee sting on the ferry boat and he even went to get him ice. I would definitely plan to go on another tour with this company and ask what day Brian is working!! Thanks for making our day amazing!!!

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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