Apache Trail and The Superstition Mountains.
150 Miles/242 Kilometers Round Trip.
The Superstition Mountains.
Ghostly and volcanic, the Superstition Mountains rise some 2,000 feet into the desert sky. Hidden in the depths of this forbidding range is the Lost Dutchman, one of the most storied "lost mines" of the West. Hiking and horse trails fit for the most rugged outdoorsman abound. The U.S. Forest Service protects these beautiful mountains as the nation's most popular designated Wilderness Area.
Goldfield is an old mining town where millions in gold were unearthed in the 1890's. A mine tour with splendid views of the Superstitions and a collection of antique mining equipment are among Goldfield's attractions.
Saguaro, Canyon and Apache Lakes.
Located on the Salt River, the first views of these lakes, framed by giant saguaro cactus and red amber hills, are spectacular. They are two of the four desert lakes on the Salt River with year-round water sports, camping and other amenities. Dolly's Steamboat at Canyon Lake is a nostalgic replica of a river steamer. It carries up to 135 passengers on the lake through variegated canyons and past interesting rock formations. For an up-close look at a lake's desert shore, take a kayaking trip into one of many secluded coves.
Tortilla Flat Saloon and Settlement.
In its heyday, this tiny settlement had a hotel, general store and saloon, and was home to 125 residents. Today, it boasts six full-time residents, a saloon with saddles for barstools and walls festooned with currency and business cards from around the world. Offerings include Killer Chili, prickly pear ice cream and other Southwestern delicacies.