Aura of the Old West and Ancient Native American History. A scenic tour up the historic Apache Trail that was once the travel path of the Apache Indians in the 1800s. Narrated stories of the Arizona Apache Wars. Ancient myths, ghost towns, and legends of the Superstition Mountains.
“There’s gold in them thar hills!” Rumored rich gold veins have been found and lost many times over by vanished ancient Indians, miners wiped out by Apache raids, and most famously Jacob Waltz’s Lost Dutchman Mine. Legends tell that the gold is cursed or protected by enigmatic guardians that keep its location secret. Experience the Old West and get a glimpse of life in the wondrous region where nearly 8,000 explorers a year search for the fabled gold as we explore snaking roads through lichen covered boulders and mountains that open to reveal some of the most spectacular and iconic views of the entire Southwest!
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Superstition Mountain Museum. Situated at the base of the towering Superstition Mountain face, this 12.5 acre museum offers views and photograph opportunities of 19th Century businesses including a stage coach stop, an old-time Wells Fargo, assay office and other displays of authentic relics of the 1800’s.
Canyon Lake Overlook. The third of four lakes along the Salt River, Canyon Lake is by far the most spectacular. A mecca for photographers, thousand-foot cliffs plunge into the blue water and cast reflections the width of the lake. Watch closely for bighorn sheep, nesting eagles and osprey swooping down to pluck fish from the water. Following the shoreline and crossing quaint one-lane bridges, we arrive at Tortilla Flats.
Tortilla Flats/Lunch. Tortilla Flats, population 6, was founded as a stagecoach stop in 1904. Stop for lunch at the Superstition Saloon and Restaurant (not included) and visit the ice cream parlor or Mercantile/Gift Shop full of Indian Pottery, Jewelry, Apparel and other unique items.
Goldfield Ghost Town. Founded in the 1890‘s as a mining town, Goldfield was once home to 3 saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, meat market and school house. Once a booming town, the mine faulted and left only ghosts of a bygone era. The town is now home to many various attractions where you can pan for gold or tour a reptile habitat. Often you may witness an old west gunfight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters!
Saguaro Lake. Our tour leaves the Apache Trail area and continues up old Bush Highway and scenic back country with views of Saguaro Lake. We will cross the Salt River. Keep your eyes on the lookout for bands of wild horses. This is an option, time permitting.
On To Carefree, Arizona (time permitting). After leaving Saguaro Lake, we proceed to Carefree, Arizona. Along the way absorb the beauty of stands of Saguaro Cactus set on the slopes of hills with balancing boulders of granite. Catch views of the Fountain Hills. Its world famous man-made geyser shoots a fountain of water at a height of over 300 feet. The fountain shoots every half-hour and can be seen from miles away..
Carefree, Arizona. Northernmost part of the “Valley of the Sun”. Land of the rich and famous. Set your watches to the third largest sundial in the Western Hemisphere. Wide open spaces of million dollar homes surrounded by centuries-old Saguaro Cacti and granite boulder outcroppings. Ancient civilization once roamed the area.
Cave Creek, Arizona. The final tour stop at Frontier Town in Cave Creek which was built in the mid-1800s by ranchers and miners. Gunslingers are long gone, but the aura of the old west remains. A rustic conclave where it’s not unusual to see horses, bikes and Mercedes parked in front of saloons and restaurants housed in replicas of buildings from days of the past.
After a short trip through Scottsdale we return to your place of lodging in Scottsdale or Phoenix rich with memories of your time spent in Arizona’s best preserved boom towns.
Mercedes-built custom touring van. Maximum of eight guests per van. Lots of leg room. Soft leather, reclining captain’s seats. Wide aisles. 6′ 3″ of ceiling height. Wide view windows. Convenient low step-downs. Flat screen video. More about our touring vans.
High-powered telescopes. On board for certain stops.
Pairs of binoculars. Guest sharing or bring your own.
Throw blankets. A few on board.
Rain ponchos. On board for loan in case of rain.
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