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Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

From Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe, AZ

Highlights

  • Superstition Mountain Views
  • Goldfield Gold Mining Town
  • Tortilla Flat Stagecoach Stop
  • Desert Scenery
  • 90 Minute Dolly Steamboat Cruise

Experience scenic, historic Superstition Mountains.

This tour takes you into some of Arizona´s most spectacular wilderness and introduces you to the remnants of its old western history, just to the east of Phoenix.

Here, the Superstition Mountains rise up starkly from the desert floor. They are named for a fabled gold mine, rumored to be hidden somewhere in this rugged terrain: The “Lost Dutchman´s Mine”. Some say it never existed, others still comb this vast wilderness in the search for the riches that a German immigrant, Jacob Waltz, claimed to have found here in the 1870s and vowed never to share with anyone.

The Superstitions are a favorite hiking and mountain climbing destination for Phoenicians. From the air, on a plane descending into Phoenix Sky Harbor, visitors can make out Superstition Mountain itself, and behind it, the infamous “Weaver´s Needle”, a favorite challenge for climbers, and a bizarre landmark of volcanic erosion.

A rugged road cuts through these mountains: The Apache Trail, an ancient Indian path which became a stagecoach route in the nineteenth century and today is a scenic road through some of Arizona´s most spectacular wilderness.

Gateway to the Superstition Mountains is the old mining town of Goldfield, a ghost town which retained much of the charm of the Old West. In its heyday, the Mammoth Gold mine attracted enough residents to populate three saloons and a brewery, a boarding house and a a general store, a blacksmith, meat market and a schoolhouse. Watch a bunch of old cowboys duke it out in a gunfight, and listen to the legend of the Lost Dutchman´s gold.

Bighorn sheep and bald eagles are often spotted as we wind our way along the Apache Trail toward scenic Canyon Lake. Enjoy a 90-minute narrated steamboat ride on this secluded reservoir of the Salt River, right at the base of Superstition Mountain and in the midst of the scenic Sonoran desert landscape.

Adult: $105

Child<12: $75