Apache Trail
Apache Trail

Apache Trail

Free admission
Phoenix, Arizona

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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Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
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$169.00 per adult
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Excellent desert sightseeing tour by land and water!
Derek was a very good guide, super knowledgeable and flexible and the tour was a fun and interesting day. We enjoyed all the stops and especially the Dolly boat cruise...outstanding.
Charles_R, Feb 2024

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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