Arizona's Historic Apache Trail
- Duration: 12 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Tortilla flat, Az
- Product code: CD-Apache
Superstition Wilderness scenery
Salt River Lakes
Goldfield Ghost Town
Fish Creek Hill
Tonto National Monument
- Dolly Steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake
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! Adults age 13+
Children 2 years old and above can participate in this activity.
Guests can participate in this activity in a wheelchair with advance notice.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
Sweatshirt / light jacket
Please be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.
Guests must provide child safety seats for children under 8 years and 4’9” or shorter (AZ law).
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
This activity operates regardless of weather.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Meals are not included in the price.