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Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour

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Phoenix, United States
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Ride the old fashioned Dolly Steamboat through the slot canyon at Canyon Lake and then hit the Apache Trail through the Sonora Desert on this tour from the Phoenix area. After your narrated cruise, visit the small town of Tortilla Flat, taking in views of the rare desert landscape along the way.
  • Dolly Steamboat and Apache Trail tour from Phoenix area
  • Take a 90-minute guided cruise through a slot canyon on an old-fashioned steamboat
  • Look out for wildlife like long horn sheep and eagles along the way
  • Ride a van through the Sonora Desert, a rare desert environment found in the American Southwest and Mexico
  • Lunch in the historic mining town of Tortilla Flat
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Stretch 15 passenger vans with maximum 10 per van
No animals allowed in van.

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8:30 AM
We depart from hotels and resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. Your specific hotel may not be in the pick up route on a particular day. If this happens, we will direct you to a different pick up location.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children 6 years and under are required to ride in a car seat that the guest must provide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is offered for most hotels/resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, plus in Mesa at the Mesa Hilton. *Please confirm with local operator
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Across Arizona Tours, LLC is not responsible for viewing conditions at the sites visited and reserves the right to alter tour itineraries due to road or weather conditions.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Across Arizona Tours, LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Good tour
, May 2022
Good tour. Nature walk is a bit short, somehow thought it was a hike. Boat ride was relaxing, saw lots of wildlife. Taylor was knowledgeable and personable.
Beautiful Views!
, May 2022
Wow!!! What great views at Canyon Lake, so beautiful!! Thanks to our tour guide Frank , he Rocks, very knowledgeable and fun!
Our tour guide Frank was great.
, May 2022
Our tour guide Frank was great. Took time to explain everything we saw on our trip. It made the trip very enjoyable and my husband and I had a great time.
THE tour to take.
, May 2022
If you get Frank for your guide, you're going to have a good day! Local to the area and very knowledgeable. You'll learn things about the area you didn't realize you really wanted to know. Frank made sure we got the best of the best and really went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience.
Tour of a lifetime
, May 2022
Taylor our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Loved the boat ride Many interesting stories . He loved his job
Our tour guide made a great tour even more memorable
, Apr 2022
The tour leader was knowledgable, entertaining and his primary focus was our safety. We never felt rushed and had ample time in each area visited. The paddleboat lake tour was wonderful and the captain stopped the boat each time we spotted a sheep, eagle, etc.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for this review. The Apache Trail is a little known area that provides a wonderful day of sightseeing in the Sonora Desert. It is definitely worth taking a day to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Real Arizona
, Apr 2022
Highly recommend. You get to see the real Southwest in all its sparse beauty. Our guide Frank was knowledgeable, kept us well informed and managed the day for us so we hadn’t a worry. Outstanding.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for this 5 star review. We agree that Frank is a wonderful guide with so much knowledge that he loves to share. Please join us on one of our other amazing tours the next time you visit Arizona.
Exceeded expectations
, Mar 2022
Nearly drove ourselves but would have missed a lot. Loved the Lost Dutchman Park as Zane was extremely knowledgeable about varieties of cacti and the desert. We learned so much. As we drove to the Dolly, Zane shared superstitions/ legends/facts about the area. The boat ride was spectacular- awesome scenery. We truly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it. A great day! Thanks, Zane!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for the the review and yes Zane really devote his attention on giving a quality tour, I’ll make sure I pass this on the above to him!
Not worth the money
, Mar 2022
2/3 of the trip you could do yourself for free. The trail tour was part of the free part of the Lost Dutchman park. The stop at Goldfield is also free.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Most activities at national parks, museums can be done without an interpreter guide, the differences is the knowledge given. Most people do not have the time to focus their efforts in read dozens of books on the geology, history, plants, and animals that live in a particular scenic region - because as mentioned it requires a lot of studying. However, many people find value in informative narration thus they invest in theirselves by going on public “guide” tours. However, guided tours are not for everybody and perhaps in the future you should do so without the extra knowledge of the National Park, Museum or Scenic area you will be visiting.
Passing time in Phoenix
, Mar 2022
An enjoyable trip on the Apache Trail and the Dolly Steamboat. Zane, the guide was very informative. He gave us background of the places and people of the area. He explained the nearby flora. He answered many questions from everyone had about Phoenix and surrounding area. It was a great way to spend a day in Phoenix.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for the review of the day and of Zane‘s role in making it a memorable adventure! I’m going to speak with him later on today and I’ll make sure I forward your kind words.

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