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Superstition Mountains

4087 E. Apache Trail,5 miles Northeast of Apache Junction, Phoenix, Arizona

The basics

The 120-mile (193-kilometer) Apache Trail—once an ancient footpath used by American Indians—loops around the Superstition Mountains and driving the route affords impressive views of the region’s mountains, lakes, and desert. Stop along the way to visit the Superstition Mountain Museum at Apache Junction, which provides insight into the mountains’ unique history and the local legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.

Day trips to the Superstition Mountains typically set out from Phoenix and often include other activities such as a tour of the Goldfield Ghost Town or a steamboat cruise around Canyon Lake. To explore further, hike one of the many trails—popular treks include the Treasure Loop, the Peralta Canyon Trail, and the Siphon Draw Trail.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Phoenix

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Had a great time! My...
Carla_H, Jun 2022
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Had a great time! My guide was awesome! He was very knowledgeable and even altered my trip to accommodate my needs!
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Stunning desert scenery
Sally_P, Jun 2022
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Arizona Scenic Tours accommodated us through Viator at very short notice after our trip was cancelled with another provider. Not far out of Phoenix the scenery was dramatic and we then saw Superstition Mountain before going on a pleasant steamboat tour of Canyon Lake. Our guide Bobby was very friendly and knowledgeable and joined us for a delicious lunch at Tortilla Flats. We also stopped in at an old Gold Mining town on the way home.
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The paddle boat ride was...
ARoger_C, May 2022
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
The paddle boat ride was very entertaining , restaurant was great and the ghost town your was a great way to end the day.
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Great Experience!
Doug_M, Apr 2022
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
We had a fun trip and guide. Jonathan did a great job driving through all the windy roads near Canyon Lake to avoid being carsick which could ruin the entire trip. He even stood in line to obtain our passes to the steamboat ride which were #’s 1-4 so we were able to have our pick of the seats. He directed us to the starboard side, up top for best viewing - which it was.
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Awesome experience
Julie_S, Jan 2022
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
We had an awesome tour guide, Bobby, who made the trip very enjoyable. It was great seeing so many things in one day that we might not otherwise have known to see. Even saw an eagle on the Dolly Steamboat and delicious food at Tortilla Flat. We had to make changes, and they worked with us to do so.
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A very enjoyable dya.
Harry_S, Aug 2021
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Its an excellent itinerary including fun stops along the Apache Trail, excellent viewing and food, The Dolly Steamboat ride is just a special scenic boat ride.
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Such a fun time !
Ronald_N, Dec 2019
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Great tour from beginning to the end ! Timely pick up from our hotel , Steve was an amazing tour guide. We had so much fun, from the Superstition Mountains , to the ghost town tour to the boat cruise . We even seen wild horses leaving our last stop! I would highly recommend this tour to everyone .
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Great time with family.
Ambrt_L, Jun 2021
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Was so happy to feel like if we wanted to we could of stayed longer in some areas. Never felt rushed. Great tour guide named John. Will be asking for him if we go again.
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Fabulous tour with Noel
Maryrose_K, Apr 2021
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Noel our guide was the best, so informative and learned a lot from him. Scenery was beautiful and boat ride very special
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Beautiful Day Trip!
Patricia, Mar 2020
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
Our first experience with a semi-custom day trip was absolutely wonderful! Steve was very accommodating, knowledgeable, and professional. We plan to return to Arizona in the future and will look to book additional day trips with this service.
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Superstition mountain and Apache trail
Raymond_G, Oct 2019
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
A delightful day with Jonathan as our tour guide, my husband and I had as private tour. The ride thru Superstition mountain is amazing and beautiful. The boat ride was an added pleasure. As yours go, this was low key and relaxing.
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Photoshooting wildlife
Bill_S, Oct 2020
Semi-Custom Apache Trail Day Trip Including Dolly Steamboat and Superstition Mountain
We had a great time traveling the Apache Trail. Guide was very knowledgeable. There was a few places we got to that were either closed for the day (because of Covid) or that hadn't opened yet. Guide gave us the opportunity to wait until they opened or continue. We made the decision to continue as we were then able to see some additional scenery, which is what we were interested in, anyway. Boat was good. We managed to see Big Horn Mountain sheep. Meal stop was pleasant. I would recommend this to others.
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Things to know before you go

  • The Superstition Mountains are one of the highlights of the Tonto National Forest and a must-do for hikers, with trails to suit all ages and ability levels.
  • Sturdy hiking boots, sun protection, and plenty of water are essentials for hiking in the mountains. There are few places to purchase food, water, and other necessities, so remember to bring everything you need for the day.
  • A visitor pass is required to enter the Toronto National Forest.
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How to get there

The Superstition Mountains are located at the south end of the Tonto National Forest, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of Phoenix. There are two main access points—the Peralta Canyon Area, located on Peralta Road off Highway 60, and the Lost Dutchman State Park off Highway 88. Both are about a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Phoenix. There is no public transport to the mountains, so you should have your own transport or book a tour.

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When to get there

The milder winter temperatures from October to April are by far the best time for hiking and exploring the Superstition Mountains. Temperatures can reach 100˚F (38˚C) in summer, so if you do visit at this time, plan an early start to avoid the hottest part of the day.

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Exploring the Tonto National Forest

The Superstition Mountains are one of many natural wonders in the Tonto National Forest and there are plenty of ways to explore the rest of the park. Take a hike along the Mogollon Rim, go white-water rafting along the Salt River, or venture off-road in the Sonoran Desert on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or buggy tour. Additional highlights include the Tonto National Monument, known for its ancient Salado cliff dwellings; the Tonto Natural Bridge; and the Canyon, Apache, and Theodore Roosevelt lakes, where popular activities include swimming, fishing, and water sports.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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