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Apache Trail, Goldfield Ghost Town and Canyon Lake – Tour from Phoenix

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Key Highlights

  • Travel through the breathtaking scenery of the Apache Trail
  • Take a relaxing and educational steamboat cruise on the crystal waters of Canyon Lake
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Thursdays and Saturdays


    Approx. 8 hours (Steamboat Cruise: 1.5 hours)

    Start time

    Start time: 08:00am
    Duration: Approx. 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Phoenix/Scottsdale

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Drive the trail first used by the Apache Indians, relive the days of the Gold Rush and cruise on the unique Canyon Lake. This day tour from Sedona has something for everyone!

    Wind your way along Arizona’s scenic Apache Trail, which the Apache Indians first used to cut through the rugged Superstition Mountains.

    Pass man-made lakes that bend in unison with the trail and small outcroppings of vegetation that look stunningly green against the backdrop of parched reds and browns.

    Stop in an abandoned gold town where eager prospectors once flocked in search of their fortune and see the last surviving stagecoach stop along the trail, a vestige of a wild and unsettled America.

    Take a serene steamboat cruise on the still waters of Canyon Lake and learn from you captain about the former inhabitants of the region.


    You will be picked up by air-conditioned coach from your Phoenix/Scottsdale hotel for this Apache Trail Tour and Canyon Lake Cruise. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide that knows the area inside and out.

    Drive along Arizona’s scenic Apache Trail, a steep road that snakes along a chain of man-made lakes in the shadow of the legendary Superstition Mountains.

    Stop for a visit at the Goldfield Ghost Town, where a small community sprouted up after a gold strike in 1892. In its prime, more than 400 people lived in the town, but when the gold ran out after five years, Goldfield slowly came apart at the seams and was abandoned. The surviving saloons, boarding house, general store, meat market and schoolhouse are a reminder of the promise, often unmet, of the American frontier.

    Forge ahead to Canyon Lake and enjoy a 1.5-hour Dolly Steamboat cruise on one of Arizona’s most beautiful desert bodies of water.

    Look for big horn sheep grazing in the surrounding hills and bald eagles roaming the sky as your boat captain regales you with tales of the Apache Indians.

    After your cruise, stop at the bustling town of Tortilla Flat (population 6), the last extant stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail, where road-weary pioneers once sought a moment’s respite.

    A lunch stop will be made at either Canyon Lake Marina or Tortilla Flat (payable direct).

    You will be returned to your Phoenix / Scottsdale hotel at tour’s end.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation by air-conditioned coach/van
    • Visit to Goldfield Ghost Town
    • 1.5 hours Steamboat cruise on Canyon Lake
    • English-speaking guide


    • Meals and gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have