Trail Status: Closed Due to Trail Damage Months Offered: Year-Round Main Activity: Scenic Drive Duration: 5-8 Hours Meal: Possible at Tortilla Flat Boat Cruise: Optional (extra fee) Park Pass Required: 0
  • Overview
  • Trip Outline
  • Boat Cruise (optional)
  • Tortilla Flat
  • Booking

Trail Status: (CLOSED) – The Apache Trail is currently closed due to extensive trail damage. You can read more about this story here: Historic Apache Trail Damage

Travel with Private Jeep Excursions to explore the many scenic wonders along the beautiful 40 mile Apache Trail following the Upper Salt River through the Superstition Mountains. We pass over the Roosevelt Bridge as we view Roosevelt Lake, and travel to view Roosevelt Dam.

From this point we will enter the off-road portion of the beautiful Apache Trail which follows along the Upper Salt River. There are a number of opportunities to swim. We will travel to Apache Lake. There is a chance to eat in and explore the old western town of Tortilla Flat. You will have the opportunity to book your own boat cruise of Canyon Lake if you desire.

You have two travel options to choose from:

  • Option 1 (No Boat) Begins at the Lower Entrance of the Apache Trail and travels upwards.
  • Option 2 (Boat Cruise extra fee) Begins at the Upper Entrance of the Apache Trail and travels downwards.

Pass Required: Tonto Daily Pass (included) and a Watercraft sticker (if boating) are required.

Itinerary for the Apache Trail Day Trip in the Superstition Mountains



Time : 10:00 am


Meet in and Depart from Fountain Hills. (Hotel Pick-up Included)

OPTION 1 (no boat cruise)

Travel (Part 1) On-Road to Roosevelt Lake

Travel on-road 1 hour and 20 minutes to views of Roosevelt Lake and the lower entrance of the Apache Trail.

OPTION 2 (Boat Cruise)

Time : 12:00 pm

Optional (separate fee)

Book your own Dolly Steamboat Scenic Nature Cruise on Canyon Lake if you desire. (there is a separate fee) The cruise is 1.5 hours and departs at 12 noon. We must physically check-in at 11:30. Tickets must be purchased in advance through their website. NOTE: If you choose this option we will travel to the UPPER ENTRANCE of the Apache Trail and travel it downwards. The rest of this itinerary is listed in order assuming you picked Option 1 (no boat cruise) which travels the Apache Trail from the LOWER ENTRANCE upwards.

Roosevelt Bridge

Bridge Lookout Point

Pass over the Roosevelt Bridge and stop at the bridge lookout point. Fantastic views of the Roosevelt Bridge framed by Roosevelt lake.

Roosevelt Dam

Dam Lookout Point

Travel to view Roosevelt Dam from it's lookout point.


Off-Road (Lower Entrance of Apache Trail)

Enter the off-road portion of the beautiful Apache Trail from the Lower Entrance which follows along the Upper Salt River for 40 miles (64 km).



During warmer months there are a number of scenic locations to swim (if your choose to) in the Upper Salt River that we will pass along our drive.


(Optional Activities)

There are a number of places we can stop for short hikes and photography opportunities as we continue our off-road drive exploring the beautiful Apache Trail.

Apache Lake

Lake Viewing

Continue to travel off-road to view beautiful Apache Lake. This is about the midway point of the off-road portion of our trip.

Fish Creek Bridge

(Optional Exploitation)

Explore Fish Creek Bridge, Cave, and Pool.

Canyon Lake

Lake Viewing and Optional Boat Ride

Continue to travel off-road to view beautiful Canyon Lake and the marina. (Location of the optional Boat Ride if you chose Option 2)

Tortilla Flat

Meal Time!

There is a chance to eat in and explore the old western town of Tortilla Flat. NOTE: There are Summer and Winter hours.

Travel (part 3)

Drive Home

Drive on-road back to Fountain Hills (or your hotel). The travel time to return home will depend on if you picked Option 1 (no boat) just over 1 hour or Option 2 (Boat Ride) about 1 hour and 20 minutes.


During this 1.5-hour, 6-mile cruise you may see desert bighorn sheep, bald eagles and a host of other animals viewed from the decks of the Dolly! We also touch on the beautiful flora from the stately Saguaro cacti to the microscopic organism called desert varnish.
*All passengers must check in at ticket booth 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Tortilla Flat Western Town

Tortilla Flat (population 6) is an authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest, in the Superstition Mountain Range. Tortilla Flat started out as a stagecoach stop in 1904 and neither fire nor flood has been able to take away this historic stop along the Historic Apache Trail.

Mosey on down the boardwalk and visit the Superstition Saloon and Restaurant. Real saddles serve as bar stools where you can enjoy a cold brew or sarsaparilla. The unique wallpaper is made from real dollar bills from visitors all around the world. Our Restaurant serves the biggest burgers, hottest chili and the coldest drinks everyday. After you have had time to walk off the great food, stop in our Country Store and enjoy a scoop of our World Famous Prickly Pear Gelato or pick up some item for the road, but before you go, visit our Mercantile/Gift Shop full of amazing treasures including Indian Pottery, Jewelry, Unique Tortilla Flat Apparel and many more unique items.


June 1st – September 30th
Monday & Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm


October 1st – May 31st
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 7pm

  • Trip Name
    Departure Date
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Trip Name Option 1 (No Boat) Lower Trail Entrance
    Departure Date
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Group ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $275.00 /Group

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  • Trip Name Option 2 (Boat Ride) Upper Trail Entrance
    Departure Date
    1 - 4 Pax
    Available Seats: 4

    Group ( 1 - 4 Pax ) $275.00 /Group

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