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Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour

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Phoenix, United States
Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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
Gratuities
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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star-5
Amazing Apache Trail and Steamboat Tour
Mary_S
, Jul 2022
This tour was spectacular from beginning to end. Frank was an amazing tour guide, very attentive and personable. The sights were amazing!!!! Also, the staff is the Dolly Steamboat were fantastic. Experiencing the canyon from the lake was breathtaking!!!
star-5
Beautiful views, great staff
Katrina_C
, Jun 2022
Great tour, easy booking, wonderful staff, beautiful views. It was fun listening to the history and stories about the lake.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for this review. We are glad the entire process was smooth sailing for you. This is a beautiful and relaxing tour.
star-4
Very pleased, I'd look for future tours with this vendor
John_W
, Jun 2022
Seeing the desert and hearing about the things we were seeing. The history of the area was also good to learn.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review this tour.
star-4
Good tour
Lori_C
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for reviewing this tour. None of our tours include hiking, which makes them perfect for most anyone who wants a tour. We agree that Taylor is a great guide.
star-5
Beautiful Views!
Shelly_M
, May 2022
Wow!!! What great views at Canyon Lake, so beautiful!! Thanks to our tour guide Frank , he Rocks, very knowledgeable and fun!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review this Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour you took with Frank. He is a very professional and accommodating guide.
star-5
Our tour guide Frank was great.
lsicignano
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are so glad that you enjoyed this tour. Frank is a wonderful guide, as is our whole staff of the best guides in all of Arizona.
star-5
THE tour to take.
Ben_P
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for this review. Frank is a wonderful guide. He makes each of our guests feel comfortable and important.
star-5
Tour of a lifetime
Linda_G
, May 2022
Taylor our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Loved the boat ride Many interesting stories . He loved his job
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are so glad that you enjoyed this tour so much. Taylor loves sharing Arizona with people from all over the world.
star-5
Our tour guide made a great tour even more memorable
Joseph_B
, 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.
star-5
Real Arizona
Robert_R
, 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.
star-5
Exceeded expectations
James_H
, 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!
star-2
Not worth the money
Tamara_E
, 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.
star-5
Passing time in Phoenix
John_W
, 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.
star-5
GREAT TOUR WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND. HOPE YOU GET ZANE AS YOUR TOUR GUIDE
Debbie_K
, Mar 2022
Learning about the the plants, cactus. The paddle boat & large mountain goats (rams), the old mining town, restaurant decor. Our tour guide Zane was awesome had so much info to relate.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of taking you on Tour. I’ll make sure Zane knows of your approval of his knowledge and making it a memorable day!
star-5
Reliving history!
Helen_S
, Mar 2022
We had great weather on March 8, 2022. Our ride in the van was very pleasant. The sceneries we took in were “to die for.” Our wonderful and knowledgeable guide, Eric, gave great explanations in his talk as we took a 1/2 hour walking tour on a gravel path in Dutchman State Park. Our hour and a half steamboat ride was well narrated by the captain. You can grab a snack in the restaurant prior to boarding the boat (If there is time to spare). There are also snacks and refreshments on board. I give the ARizona Tour company an A+ for running this trip.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review this tour. We agree that it's a wonderful tour, with beautiful scenery. Eric is a great guide, knowledgeable, courteous, friendly and enthusiastic, as is our whole staff of guides.
star-5
Nice informative and relaxing trip
Greg_S
, Feb 2022
Tortilla Flat popularity was amazing to me. Dolly Steamboat ride was relaxing. Nice to not have to drive the twisting road!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
This tour goes out into the Sonora Desert, a lush desert that exists only in this part of the world. This is a great way to decompress while visiting Arizona.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Excellent tour
Frank_S
, Feb 2022
Scenery The guide, Frank, was knowledgeable and friendly. We were picked up 30minutes late. Van could have been larger for our group of eleven.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review this tour. We use 15 passenger stretch vans that are comfortable and roomy. We don't take more than 10 passengers on them.
star-5
Breath taking
Paul_M
, Feb 2022
Guide Frank was very knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommend the Dolly Tour. Great picture back drops.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review this tour. Frank is an exceptional guide. All of his guests love taking tours with him. We are gratified that you enjoyed the tour so much.
star-5
A must do tour!
Patricia_B
, Feb 2022
The whole tour from start to finish was incredible. Zane was knowledgeable & personable. The best part was the stories about Superstition Mt. Would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
We are glad that you enjoyed this tour so much. The Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour has been a little known treasure. It is becoming more popular as our guests learn about it from taking other tours with us and reading about it themselves. Definitely worth taking a day to explore the Sonora Desert.
star-5
Great experience!
RAY_P
, Jan 2022
Great trip. Zane was fun to visit with as he described the varieties of the desert plants, the history of the area and the events of the tour. Want to have a fun experience, this should be in your list.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
This is an amazing tour out into the lush Sonora Desert, the only one of its kind in the world. Thank you for taking the time to review this tour. Please try one of our other exciting tours the next time you visit Arizona.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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