Follow in the stagecoach tracks of 19th-century Americans when you tour the scenic Apache Trail. Situated minutes from the city of Phoenix, this historic route cuts through the Superstition Mountains and the rugged landscape of the Sonoran Desert.
During your tour, you’ll have the chance to explore two fascinating stops: Goldfield and Tortilla Flat. Goldfield is a former goldmining town that was established in 1893, then later abandoned. It’s now a preserved ‘ghost town’ offering an authentic glimpse into this period in America’s history. See real buildings from the Wild West, practice gold panning techniques and take a ride on the narrow-gauge train. Another relic of the Old West on the Apache Trail, Tortilla Flat is a stagecoach stop complete with saloon where you can cool off with a drink – or warm up with a plate of world-famous chili con carne.
The Apache Trail will also deliver you to Canyon Lake, a scenic body of water flanked by towering, rocky promontories – and home to all manner of hardy wildlife. Hop aboard a Dolly Steamboat for a 10-kilometre, narrated nature cruise, during which you’re likely to spot bald eagle, bighorn sheep and many other animals that call Arizona home.
Additional notes on the tour
Departure Location: most hotels in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe area
Departure days: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Departure time is between 8.00 and 9.00; return time is between 16.00 and 17.00
Transportation: the custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with comfortable captain’s chairs.
Note: this can be booked as a private tour. Please speak to one of our travel specialists for details.