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From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

4.6 / 5

5 reviews

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

From US$ 135 per person

This tour will take you into the desert, through the mountains, and then over Canyon Lake by Dolly Steamboat. Learn about Arizona's local culture on this fun, informative tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Most hotels and resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa Arizona.


7 hours
  • Phoenix Metropolitan Area

  • Tortilla Flat (sightseeing)

  • Boat cruise

  • Sonoran Desert (guided tour)

  • Phoenix Metropolitan Area

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Take a 90 minute narrated cruise on beautiful Canyon Lake aboard Dolly Steamboat
  • Visit the town of Tortilla Flat, a former stagecoach stop, with a population of 6 people
  • Go for a short walk in the Sonora Desert with your guide who will point out the local flora
  • Depart for your tour from many hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa Arizona
Full description
Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.
  • Guide services
  • Transportation
  • Admissions
  • Bottles of water
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Jacket
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Bags

Know before you go

  • Take a sweater or jacket along during winter months
  • A stop is made for lunch but it's not included in the price
  • A tip for your guide is optional but much appreciated
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

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A wonderful tour with Dan

This tour was well worth the money. We were picked up at the motel. After the minibus had all the guests together, we went into the Sonoran Desert. There Dan showed us many types of kateen on the Apatschi Trail and explained them with a lot of knowledge. He shortened the way to Canyon Lake with a lot of explanations. When we arrived at the lake, we took a boat called Dolly on a 1 1/2 hour tour. We could even see a sea eagle. The ride was excellent. Then we went to a small museum village for lunch. In this lively pub you could see a lot of old things that led back to the gold mining town. The journey home at over 40 degrees was bearable in an air-conditioned minibus. In this way, many thanks to Dan.

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July 15, 2016

We loved every moment of our activities. The nature walk, the boat ride and tortilla flat for lunch and shopping. Our guide Frank was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, friendly and just a good hearted person. I would recommend this tour. We got our monies worth for sure.

November 17, 2021

Brian, our driver, was great! I truly wasn’t impressed with the places we went and saw. I feel we could have done it on our own in a much more timely manner and seen more. I think you should add the ghost town to your tour as well.

July 21, 2021

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