Day trip

Metro Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

Activity provider: Arizona Scenic Tours
Day trip

Metro Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

Activity provider: Arizona Scenic Tours

From US$ 215 per person

This full-day Apache Trail Tour gets to the heart of the Sonoran Desert with a combined cruise and drive. Glide across Canyon Lake, visit a ghost town and rest at an old wagon stop before the day is out.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 5 participants


  • Discover beautiful desert flora in the Sonoran Desert
  • Relax as you enjoy the incredible views on Canyon Lake during a 90-minute cruise.
  • Visit Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat for a taste of the old Wild West.
Full description
With daily departures and convenient pick-up points from most Phoenix metro area hotels, this is the tour to take for a journey to Apache country. You will experience the true spirit of the Sonoran Desert on a full day’s outing. Once you’ve met your guide at your hotel, depart for a drive east in to the Superstition Mountains. You will wind through spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape on the way to Canyon Lake. Before you get there, rest at Goldfield Ghost Town, a fun and fascinating replica of an 1890s mining town. Admission is free, but there are some extras that you might want to enjoy, such as a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train as it circuits the town perimeter. Pan for gold or watch an old West gun fight if you get the chance, or simply stroll and explore the historic buildings and stores. Next you will travel to Tortilla Flat, an authentic remnant of an old West town that is tucked in to the heart of the Tonto National Forest. Here you can grab some lunch and check out who is hanging out at the Ice Cream Parlor. Seat yourself on a bar stool made from real saddles in the Superstition Saloon. The tour continues to Canyon Lake for a 90-minute narrated steamboat cruise. Located at a convenient rest point on the Apache Trail, you will discover fascinating facts about the historic stagecoach route as you watch for the unique wildlife. As you pass through canyons and marvel at rock formations, look out for bald eagles, blue herons, big horn sheep and turkey vultures. Sit back and relax on this leisurely section of the tour. You will soon be heading back through the desert for the return drive to Phoenix.
  • Tours include pickup at local Phoenix area hotels / resorts
  • Taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Lake cruise ticket (USD 20 value).
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Admissions to optional activities at Goldfield Ghost Town

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Minimum 2 adult rate tickets for tour. One discounted rate ticket per paid adult rate ticket. Children less than 2 are free.
  • The Lake Cruise schedule is subject to availability. Cruises are typically at noon and 14:00. In off-season months lake cruises are at noon only. Itinerary is adjusted accordingly, but all points are still visited.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 8 reviews

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October 4, 2022

Everything went extremely well. It was an informative and fun time. Bobbie was a great driver/guide/etc..., we enjoyed spending the day with him!

August 8, 2022

June 26, 2022

Product ID: 13052