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Canyon Lake Tours

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Canyon Lake
The smallest of the Salt River Projects lakes, Canyon Lake is just 10 miles long but offers 28 miles of shoreline.

Being wet is popular here. Water skiing, boating, swimming and fishing are how most folks spend their days when visiting. Along with a designated swimming area, there is also a pair of boating ramps. Motorboat and row boat rentals are available. On weekends and holidays from April through October, the lake usually reaches capacity in the morning. Lucky fisherman can hook walleye, largemouth bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie.

Practical Info

Tortilla Campground is just a couple miles away from Canyon Lake. Open October through April, it has 77 spaces. Water and sewer hook-ups are also available. Canyon Lake is 45 miles east of Phoenix. The only way to get there is using the Apache Trail (Highway 88) from Apache Junction. The 15 miles to the lake are fully paved. There are many sharp turns, but the stretch includes colorful desert scenery.
Address: Tonto National Forest, Arizona, USA
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Canyon Lake

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Apache Trail and Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

Apache Trail and Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

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While visiting Phoenix, travel back to the Old West during a full-day tour along the Apache Trail. Your informative and entertaining guide takes you through the Sonoran Desert to Goldfield, a once-bustling mining outpost that has become a ghost town loaded with 19th-century artifacts and attractions. Admire the beauty of Canyon Lake during a steamboat cruise, and visit the quirky town of Tortilla Flat. You'll experience the history and natural beauty of Arizona during this fascinating tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.14
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$158.14
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Small Group or Private Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix

Small Group or Private Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix

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Explore the Apache Trail from Phoenix on a full-day tour that takes you into the legendary Sonoran Desert. Visit the ghost town of Goldfield, ride a steamboat on Canyon Lake, stop at the eccentric hamlet of Tortilla Flat and admire views of the Superstition Wilderness from Fish Creek Hill. Get a feel for the Wild West as you learn about the region's history and wildlife from your knowledgeable guide. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off and an expert driver who navigates the rough and winding roads for a stress-free day out. Choose between a small-group or private tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$139.00
Price varies by group size
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$139.00
Price varies by group size
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Superstition Mountains Tour

Superstition Mountains Tour

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Travel to Arizona's "other" scenic wonder, the Superstition Mountains! Learn about the history of the region's Native Americans, the Spanish Conquest, gold mining, and the story of the infamous Lost Dutchman. We'll also be driving along one of Arizona's most famous scenic roads, the historic Apache Trail!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.00
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Private Apache Trail Day with Dolly Steamboat Tour

Private Apache Trail Day with Dolly Steamboat 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 or private residence 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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,200.00
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Full Day Apache Trail Adventure Tour from Scottsdale

Full Day Apache Trail Adventure Tour from Scottsdale

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Explore the Apache Trail on a 8-hour tour from Scottsdale. With round-trip transportation from your hotel included, you’re free to take in the Superstition Mountain and Sonoran desert backdrop. The comprehensive itinerary, which includes the mining ghost town of Goldfield and a steamboat ride on Canyon Lake, is entertaining for adults and children alike. Learn about late 1800s history at the Lost Dutchman Museum, where you enjoy free entrance.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$175.00
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$175.00
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