Apache Trail Tour in Tempe, AZ

8000 S Arizona Grand ParkwayPhoenix, AZ 85044
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Travel the 40-mile stretch of the Apache Trail and engage in fun activities like mining for gold in the ghost town of Goldfield. You will view the beautiful Superstition Mountains, cruise the spectacular Canyon Lake, see the iconic Tortilla Flat, and discover fascinating facts and history about the Apache Trail from an expert guide. Spend the day with friends and family, creating memories that will last a lifetime!

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Good To Know

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  • Tour duration: 8 hours.
  • Hotel pick-up provided from most hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area.
  • Minimum age is two years old. Arizona state law does require children under eight years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats not provided, please bring your own.
  • You may bring snacks and beverages; however, alcohol is not allowed. There will be opportunities to purchase food during scheduled tour stops. Tour includes unlimited bottled water.


from Apache Trail Day Tour
Arizona's first historic highway is just a few minutes outside of the city. The Apache Trail is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Get a chance to try panning for gold in the restored ghost town of Goldfield, marvel at the views of the Superstition Mountains, and take a cruise on scenic Canyon Lake.

A pickup directly from your hotel gets the adventure started, leading you out to the Superstition Mountains along the path that guided Apache travelers, stagecoaches, and mountain men alike. When you get to Canyon Lake, board the famous Dolly Steamboat for a 6-mile narrated nature cruise. Watch for bighorn sheep, bald eagles, and a host of other desert animals, as well as unforgettable views of the towering volcanic cliffs. Next, your guide will take you to the town of Tortilla Flat, a stagecoach stop that holds onto its rich tradition through its architecture and unique decorating sense before heading back to the city.

  • Scenic ride along Arizona's first Historic Highway
  • Steamboat cruise along the spectacular Canyon Lake

  • Experience the wild, wild west at Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat

  • Opportunity to see grand views of the Superstition Mountains

  • Guided tour along Arizona's first historic highway, the Apache Trail

  • Dolly Steamboat cruise

  • Unlimited bottled water

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from most Phoenix or Scottsdale hotels

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

Most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area

Departure Days
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Departure Time
Between 8:00am and 9:00am

Return Time
Between 4:00pm and 5:00pm

Detours custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs.

Cancellation Policy
Tours canceled within 48 hours of departure will be charged in full.

A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.

This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Apache Trail Day Tour

What are the hours of operation? 
The tour departs between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and returns between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday each week.

What if my flight was canceled due to weather? 
We’ll waive our cancelation policy for day tours if your flight was canceled due to weather.

What can I bring? 
We recommend no more than a day pack. A small pack with easy access to a wallet, camera, etc.

What should I wear? 
We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

Are any of your tour guides bilingual?
Yes! We have guides that speak Spanish, German and Japanese. Translators are also available in Italian, French, Chinese and Swedish.

Is smoking allowed on the trip? 
All DETOURS vehicles are smoke-free.

Is transportation included? 
Hotel pick-up is provided from most hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area.

What if I miss my pick-up? 
We will work with you on the next day’s tour, if available; however, additional fees may apply. Please call DETOURS of Arizona if you miss your pick-up.

When should I be ready for pick-up? 
Pick-ups for this tour start at 8:00 am. We ask that you plan on being ready at the pick-up location 5-10 minutes early.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, our vehicles were not designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Guests should be able to walk up 3 steps into the vehicle on their own with the help of a companion.

How much should I tip the guide? 
20% is customary and graciously accepted.

Does my child need a car seat/booster seat? 
Arizona law states that children under five must use a car seat. Children between ages 5 and 7 must use a booster seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Once a child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller or 8 years old, they are no longer required to ride in a booster seat.

What’s included? 
Included is:
  • Guided tour along Arizona's first historic highway and the Apache Trail.
  • Dolly Steamboat Cruise.
  • Unlimited bottled water.
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from most Phoenix or Scottsdale hotels. 
  • Live tour commentary provided in English.
Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?
Yes, except for alcoholic beverages.

Are there charging ports for cell phones in the vehicle?
No, we recommend bringing a portable charger for your electronic devices.

Is there WiFi in the vehicle?
No, and during parts of the drive, there may be limited cell phone service.

Are there bathrooms in the vehicle? 
No, but the guide will make multiple rest stops along the way though and can stop at the nearest rest stop at the request of a guest.